Pupils support UNICEF refugee campaign

Pupils at Monymusk School have been busily involved in OutRight 2016, a UNICEF campaign focusing on the rights of refugee children.

Friday, 17th March 2017, 3:38 pm
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 10:52 am
MP Stuart Donaldson takes a selfie with Monymusk pupils

Towards the end of last year, they watched video footage of the challenges facing these families, especially unaccompanied children, and discussed what the school could do to help.

Letters were sent to local and national politicians, including the Prime Minister and First Minister urging them to support the young refugees, and positive replies were received from each.

A school spokesperson said: “It was very heartening when positive replies came back from every elected member.

“The letters have been shared with the whole school. It has been very interesting, sometimes challenging, to follow this story. “We continue to discuss what we can do and this has included gathering bikes and renovating them with the plan to give them to the Syrian families who are now living in Aberdeenshire.”

West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine MP Stuart Donaldson recently visited the school and addressed pupils about the campaign.

He later took part in a question and answer session.

Mr Donaldson later praised the Monymusk pupils’ involvement in the project.

He said: “It was a fantastic visit to Monymusk School.

“The pupils were incredibly engaged and it was interesting to hear that they are learning about respecting the rights of other children across the world through the UNICEF OutRight campaign.

“It was clear from their insightful questions that this is a topic that has inspired them to understand just how different the lives of children across the world are to theirs.

“They also asked very good questions about democracy and the role of elected representatives. I wish them well with the rest of their topic.”

OutRight is an annual UNICEF UK campaign and the latest focus has been on how children’s rights are affected by humanitarian emergencies – especially the right to education and the right to be safe.

UNICEF is a UN programme that provides humanitarian and developmental assistance to children and mothers in developing countries.