Kate has presented two Stretford schools with a Kids Count Award for ‘Most Inspirational Campaign on Youth Issues.’
The award, presented in a prestigious ceremony at the House of Commons, was given by Kate to St Matthews Primary and Moss Park Infants Schools for their work in becoming UNICEF ‘Rights Respecting Schools.’
Rights Respecting Schools embed children’s rights, such as the right to be cared for and respected, in their practice and ethos.
Children at Moss Park and St Matthews have worked hard towards becoming Rights Respecting Schools, planning and organising a conference for schools across Greater Manchester so that other pupils could understand their rights, as well as leading workshops for parents on children’s rights.
The children’s work also involved them respecting others through raising money for refugee children and donating clothes and educational equipment to refugee camps.
Last year, the children delivered a petition to Kate’s office, asking the government to do more to protect the rights of refugee children, which she sent to the Prime Minister.
In the upcoming academic year, the children are looking to work in partnership with other schools to raise further awareness about the rights of children across the world.
The charity, Kids Count, host their annual awards in parliament to recognise outstanding achievements on youth issues.
St Matthews and Moss Park were selected as winners of their award from a record number of entries of an incredibly high standard from across the country.
Kate said, “I was thrilled to present St Matthews and Moss Park with a Kids Count Award for their amazing work on children’s rights.
“I’m really proud of the hard work and dedication that these engaged and passionate young children have shown in defending the rights of others.
“With so much division and uncertainty in the world today, the future of our community certainly seems bright when our young people take such positive action.”
Representatives from St Matthews and Moss Park Schools, including Headteachers Pete Langridge and Kelly Butler, attended the ceremony to collect the award on the children’s behalf, reading out statements written by the children at both schools.
Kelly Butler, Headteacher at Moss Park Infant School, said “It was an absolute honour to attend the ceremony and collect the award on behalf of our wonderful children.
“They are a true inspiration and showcase what young children can achieve when their voices are heard.”