As many of our pupils and parents will be aware, India has recently been overwhelmed by a new strain of COVID 19. The sheer amount of people requiring hospital treatment, and the number of deaths, has had a knock-on impact on the country’s infrastructure. As a Rights Respecting School, addressing this is very important to us, not least because of the impact it will have on children in the country. Article 28 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) states: ‘Every child has the right to an education. Richer countries must help poorer countries achieve this.’ Education has been severely impacted in India, as schools have been closed and they have changed to online lessons. This is a problem as many children in India do not have access to internet or a suitable electronic device. The UNCRC also states that children should have the right to play (Article 31) and see their friends (Article 15), which have also been taken away from Indian children as a result of the pandemic.
In response to this Rockwood Academy, as always, raised a fantastic amount of money. In total we raised £822.25, which we will donate to Save the Children. Save the Children are running an appeal for India’s second wave of COVID, and our money will help buy medicine kits, hygiene kits and oxygen cylinders. On Monday 10th and Tuesday 11th of May, the school took part in a number of activities to raise funds. We had a ‘guess the weight of the cake’ competition, and Miss de Jesus brought in a chocolate fudge cake, and a red velvet cake. Mr Robinson and Miss DeJesus also ran a ‘guess the amount of sweets in the jar’ competition. Everyone who wanted to enter a guess had to donate 50p. In addition, students were also allowed to wear their own trainers to school for £1, and they could take part in sports like basketball and table tennis for a small donation. Meanwhile, as you can see in the picture, the senior leadership team dressed up in the colours of the Indian flag!
Well done to everyone who took part and donated to Save the Children’s India Appeal! We are so proud of the amount of money we raised, and it will have a massively positive impact on the lives of children in India.