MONTREAL, MAY 18, 2011 – Westmount Park Elementary School will be at the forefront of the latest UNICEF Canada initiative as the school was selected to be the first one in Quebec to play host to the Rights Respecting School Program.
The program is designed to be a framework for educational improvement which builds upon what schools are already doing to transform the whole school with a consistent, rights-based approach. The Rights Respecting School program reinforces provincial and territorial efforts to create a learning environment in which both children and adults feel respected and act responsibly.
According to UNICEF Canada, schools which have adopted Rights Respecting School throughout the country have seen improved learning in the classroom, a decline in bullying and absenteeism, increased compassion, improved classroom and school atmosphere and increased global awareness.
“Westmount Park School features a multi-cultural community that focuses on the diverse needs of its students. We endeavor to help children reach their full potential in an environment that fosters respect, cooperation and a commitment to learning,” said Nathalie Lacroix-Maillette, Principal of Westmount Park. “The Rights Respecting Schools Program will provide us a framework for achieving those objectives. We are fully committed to offer a positive, inclusive and peaceful environment to our students. The Westmount Park School faculty is extremely proud that the school will become the first Rights Respecting School in Quebec”
Rights Respecting School is fully funded and supported by UNICEF. The program will begin to be implemented at Westmount Park in September 2011 and be fully in place by September 2012. Over the course of the year, both students and teachers will have a series of workshops introducing them to the new initiative.