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Burnaby school board endorses children's charter

Charter brings the rights and voices of young people to the forefront
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Local students presented the Burnaby Children's Charter to the school board earlier this week. Back row, left to right: trustee Jen Mezei, trustee Christine Cunningham, trustee Bill Brassington, trustee Gary Wong, trustee Larry Hayes, trustee Peter Cech, trustee Ryan Stewart. Front row, left to right: Stefano Bousquet (Grade 7, Sperling Elementary), Nadia Ribeiro (Grade 4, Taylor Park Elementary), Jonas Ribeiro (Grade 6, Taylor Park Elementary).

The Burnaby school board has endorsed the Burnaby Children’s Charter, a document that aims to protect kids’ rights and amplify their voices. 

The Burnaby Children’s Community Table spent three years developing the charter with input from local children, who told table members what they need to grow up healthy and happy in the city.  

“They spoke to approximately 250 children, ranging from the very young to age 12. Some children drew pictures about what was important to them, and others did interviews. The responses were analyzed for themes, and the Charter flowed from that,” reads a press release from the district. 

“It was interesting. I think it’s a good idea … because every child needs to have rights,” Sperling Elementary Grade 7 student Stefano Bousquet told the school board, according to the release.

The district says the charter will help it implement the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

“Adults ought to be listening more to children,” board chair Gary Wong said.

Burnaby city council also endorsed the charter earlier this month.