Little Voices Being Heard is The Observatory on Children’s Human Rights Big Lottery funded project. Using the UNCRC (United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child) the project supports and enables children and adults to work together in their communities to bring about positive change through participatory action research.
The project began in September 2018. Helen Dale is based in Swansea University and contacted us to see if we would be interested in the project. The school had previously been involved in a project with Helen 5 years ago, and were delighted when asked and accepted without any hesitation! The pupils have decided to focus on what they can do as children to raise awareness on diabetes.
As a result of this project the Little Voices along with the School and Eco Council were invited to The Senedd in Cardiff Bay. They were given a tour of the old National Assembly for Wales building where they took part in their own debate, made decorations for the Senedd christmas trees, met Elin Jones, Presiding Officer and Ann Jones, Deputy Presiding Officer of the National Assembly for Wales.
In addition to this, they had the most amazing experience of going into the Viewing Gallery of the Senedd, and actually witness the election of Mark Drakeford, First Minister of Wales.
In March as part of their research the children are going to Swansea University. They will have a tour of the university and tour of the Diabetes Research Lab, where they have the opportunity to further their research by asking the experts a series of planned questions.
Amnesty International, in collaboration with Angelina Jolie are developing a picture book on Children’s Rights to go worldwide, celebrating 30 Years. Little Voices pupils have been asked to be part of this book. They met with Sheila from The Open University who made notes from our children’s ideas. 100 children have been involved in the book, only 3 groups in Wales- Blaenavon Heritage School being one of them. The book is due to be completed in March 2020. There will be a complimentary copy for each of our Little Voices children and a copy for the school. Our school name will also be printed in the book!
The Intergenerational project began in July 2017. Pupils of the Values team and School Council were initially asked to take part. There were 2 sessions at school, one with just the pupils, and then another with 4 residents from the Arthur Jenkins Care Home.
Sharon Ford, Education Officer at Big Pit joined us with some artefacts from the pit, and the children engaged in discussion with the residents regarding what the objects were called and what they might have been used for- such as wooden pegs and a block of washing soap.
8 pupils from Key Stage 2 were then selected to represent the children as the Intergenerational group, ‘Caring and Sharing’. This name was voted as the favourite by both pupils and residents, from a selection of several names that were put forward.
Next the pupils were invited to Big Pit for a session which was called “Kids in Museums Takeover Day.”
This was a fabulous day where the children planned activities in the morning then the residents joined them in the afternoon. These were Christmas activities to help the residents recall memories.
Children were interviewed by BBC Wales News, and their thoughts and experiences along with the residents was aired on the news programme.
The pupils have met Suzy Davies, Welsh Assembly Member for South Wales West. Suzy chatted to the children about the project and why they enjoyed visiting the residents so much.
Pupils were invited to celebrate one of their beloved resident’s 100th Birthday celebrations where they taught her how to “floss!”
We have invited residents down to our leaver’s assembly where they said good luck to the pupils they are very fond of and saw them move on to the next chapter in their school lives. Residents have also been invited to some Christmas concerts too.
Blaenavon Heritage V.C. Primary School
Blaenavon Community Campus Middle Coed Cae Road Blaenavon NP4 9AW