Article 32 (child labour)

Governments must protect children from economic exploitation and work that is dangerous or might harm their health, development or education. Governments must set a minimum age for children to work and ensure that work conditions are safe and appropriate.

On the 12th June it is World Day Against Child Labour. The International Labour Organization states “children shouldn’t work in fields, but on dreams. Yet today, 152 million children are still in child labour. Child labour occurs in almost all sectors, yet 7 out of every 10 of these children are working in agriculture” (http://www.ilo.org/ipec/Campaignandadvocacy/wdacl/2019/lang–en/index.htm).

Sustainable Development Goal 8 target 7 is for the global community to take immediate and effective measures to eliminate the worst forms of child labour, including recruitment and use of child soldiers, and by 2025 end child labour in all its forms https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/sdg8. Over the past 100 years the International Labour Organization has been working to achieve this and in some parts of the world child labour is still an issue. However in Scotland there are laws which protect children against child labour. It is important that you know your rights and the laws which protect them.

Useful links

Guide for young people and employment laws https://www.gov.scot/publications/employment-children-guide-children/pages/1/

The law and children working https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/child-protection-system/legal-definition-child-rights-law/law-children-working/




Help needed with Co-op Funding!

Promoting Fair Trade in Bridge of Don through a Co-op Fairtrade Community Project

Bridge of Don Academy is pleased to be a partner with Aberdeen for a Fairer World (AFW) who is supporting our work through a joint fair trade community project.

You can support us by going to the membership section on the Co-op website and changing your local cause to Aberdeen for a Fairer World by pasting the following link into your browser https://membership.coop.co.uk/causes/30950

You will be invited to log in or join as a Co-op member.

Then you will have the chance to choose Aberdeen for a Fairer World as the cause you support. (see https://afairerworld.org.uk/ for more details of AFW and what they do).

Several events will take place early autumn in the Bridge of Don area, in or around the Academy, such as a Fairtrade Bake-off, Fairtrade Wine Tasting and a Fairtrade Quiz.

We were pleased to see that Scotstown Road Co-op endorsed our project in February and pointed people to our facebook entry: https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=2214983155218778&id=1026345547415884

If you change your mind later, you can change to another cause.

1% from your shopping of Co-op branded goods will now go to supporting Bridge of Don Academy and Aberdeen for a Fairer World.

Thank you for your support!


Article 6 (life, survival and development)

Every child has the right to life. Governments must do all they can to ensure that children survive and develop to their full potential.

On Wednesday 5th June 2019 it is World Environment Day. World Environment Day is the United Nations day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action to protect our environment and hopefully getting governments to make changes to help children survive and develop to their full potential. This year the theme is air pollution and you are being asked to take the mask challenge. We often think of air pollution affecting cities in China and India but last year the S1s took part in the Unicef Outright campaign and tested the air quality on Braehead Way. The results showed Bridge of Don Academy is in an area of medium nitrogen dioxide (NO2) levels (an air pollutant) compared to the rest of the schools that took part. Air pollution can damage children’s growth and leave them with lasting health problems, increase their risk of conditions like asthma and reduce their brain development. This means air pollution links to UNCRC Article 6 and also 24 “Every child has the right to the best possible health.”

On World Environment Day, show how you have taken action by taking a photo or video of you wearing an air mask and taking action then post it on social media using #WorldEnvironmentDay and #BeatAirPollution in your social media posts and don’t forget to tag @UNEnvironment.

Some examples of how you can take action on Wednesday 5th June (and onwards) include:

  • Use public transport or car sharing, cycle or walk
  • Switch to a hybrid or electric vehicle and request electric taxis
  • Turn off the car engine when stationary
  • Reduce your consumption of meat and dairy to help cut methane emissions
  • Compost organic food items and recycle non-organic trash
  • Switch to high-efficiency home heating systems and equipment
  • Save energy: turn off lights and electronics when not in use
  • Choose non-toxic paints and furnishings


Video https://www.worldenvironmentday.global/video/5-june-peoples-day-environmental-action