A confident 11-year-old pupil from Greenford has been chosen to speak at the United Nations (UN) on the rights of children.
Jade Stephenson, a pupil at Stanhope Primary School in Mansell Road, has been working with the Children’s Rights Alliance for England since January.
The year six student, along with her sister and 18 other young representatives from the country, will discuss children’s rights as part of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in Geneva this October.
Jade presented ideas to her school and asked for views from her peers during a special assembly on Wednesday (May 6).
Jade said: “Do you know your rights? Or that you and all children have rights? Well, we do.
"They are written in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. The convention has 54 articles which includes rights like ‘the right to be listened to and respected by adults'.
“At the moment, a lot of children don’t know their rights, and a lot aren’t being met.
“It’s estimated that over 1m people in the UK live in poverty.
“We are writing a direct report to the UN about what the Government in England are doing to ensure children’s rights are being met.”
Headteacher of Stanhope Primary, David McLeod, said: “As a school we are working towards the recognition that we want to become a ‘level one rights respecting school’ by UNICEF.
“Jade and her sister were approached, asking whether they would like to be part of a project with 20 children from the UK.
“She is going to Geneva to report children’s views from the UK on how well the UK is doing in meeting children’s rights in relation to the convention of the rights of the child.
"Most countries in the world have signed up to it and every five years those countries are required to report to Geneva on how well they believe their country is doing.
“A diverse range of children have been picked to represent the UK.”