Article 22 (refugee children)
If a child is seeking refuge or has refugee status, governments must provide them with appropriate protection and assistance to help them enjoy all the rights in the Convention. Governments must help refugee children who are separated from their parents to be reunited with them.
Refugee Week runs from 17th – 23rd June this year. All around the UK there are events happening to help raise awareness and understanding of refugees. During the week there will be different activities happening at Bridge of Don Academy to take action. The Global Goals Group have planned storytelling and a quiz in the library, and a treasure hunt over the next couple of weeks. Also, refugees might even come up in a lesson that pupils wouldn’t expect!
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.
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/
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!