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Address by the Commissioner for Children’s Rights, Ms Leda Koursoumba, at the Folley’s School Prize – Giving Ceremony 2012

Wednesday 27th of June 2012, 19:30
Folley’s School

It is with great pleasure that I accepted Headmaster Chris Bailey’s invitation to be here this evening, at the Folley’s School’s annual Prize-Giving Ceremony.

Folley’s School, with pupils from over 45 different countries, hosts a very vibrant and lively multicultural students’ community and, from what I gather, with great success! In this respect, it has proved to be a glaring example of how a school can, based on its multinational and multicultural character, promote high quality education driven by humanistic values.

Dear friends,
I would like to take this opportunity to highlight, once more, my commitment, personal and institutional, to the promotion of “a school for children with rights”, a term first adopted by Thomas Hammarberg, former Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe.
“A school for children with rights”, is not another fancy expression or a legal conception, void of any educational content. On the contrary, it is a progressive educational institution, that is founded upon strong pedagogical principles, a school that can offer education of the highest quality. It is a school, that enhances lives, and provides children with the opportunity to develop life-skills, such as critical thinking, ability to make balanced decisions and skills, necessary to adopt a healthy lifestyle. Skills, which empower children and enable them to take an active role in social, economic and political decision-making, as they undergo transition to adolescence and adulthood.

“A school for children with rights”, is a school which can pave the way to a better future and contribute to the building of a truly democratic, more equitable and efficient society, founded on the principles of human rights; and this should be the goal of any public or private educational initiative.
My dearest children,
I can imagine the effort you have put and all the sacrifices you have made to be here tonight. I am sure you have earned this honor, because of your hard work and strong commitment. I extend to you my warmest congratulations and my best wishes for many more distinctions in the future.

Ladies and gentlemen,
Hard work and strong commitment led these students to excellence. They deserve their prize and our admiration. I have no doubt that their parents and their teachers are extremely proud of them, as they have every right to be!

However, and allow me to conclude with this remark: many other students, who are not among those honored tonight, may have worked as hard and may have shown the same commitment, without the same success. These students, also, deserve, at least for the effort they have put, our respect and admiration.







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