‘Rights come with responsibility’

2018-03-27 06:00
Grade 3 learners pose for a picture before their assembly.

Grade 3 learners pose for a picture before their assembly.

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Learners at Levana Primary School were reminded of their rights at a special assembly last Tuesday.

The learners, who gathered in the school hall, watched a play that touched on their rights, while the teachers also reminded them of their rights.

Teacher Patricia Bailey told learners of the importance of their rights and the importance of knowing they have rights as enshrined in the country’s constitution.

Reiterating the importance of Human Rights Day, she read the learners a story touching on their rights and responsibilities. “The story touched on different things. We had to remind learners that they have a right to a safe environment. It doesn’t matter where they stay, but being safe and being in a safe environment is their right. They have the right to education and to food. However, it is not just about their rights, because what is important is for the learners to know that with their rights comes responsibility. You must be responsible – don’t just say you have the right to this and that. Responsibility is very important,” she says.

She adds that things these days are very different from how they were in the past. “Children nowadays are privileged to have these rights. When we were growing up there was no such thing. It also rests upon us as teachers to ensure that they don’t abuse their rights. There is so much that needs to be done,” says Bailey.

The programme also emphasised the school’s values. Every month they will be focusing on a different value. This month’s value was integrity. Some of the values they will be looking at are teamwork, accountability and respect.

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