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Local MSP Aileen Campbell joined Children’s Commissioner for Scotland, Tam Baillie on the adjudicating panel at Milton Primary School for their community debate that comprised Primary 7 representatives from Bent, Blackwood, Coalburn, Milton, St Johns, and Woodpark School and included S1 pupils from Lesmahagow High School.

The debate is part of Milton Primary’s aim to achieve Rights Respecting Schools status. The UNICEF initiative rewards schools who put the rights of the child at the heart of its policies, planning, practice and ethos.

Commenting, Aileen Campbell said:

"It was fantastic to see the pupils having the opportunity to debate with one another and speak about issues important to them. The pupils worked well together and brought intelligence, wit and humour to the debates they participated in.

"Rights Respecting Schools is an UNICEF initiative which encourages schools to place the rights of a child at the heart of its ethos and I am pleased that Milton Primary School are working towards achieving this status. It is important for children and young people to have their voices heard and this debate did so in a really positive way.

"All the staff and pupils at the school should be commended for their work with the Rights Respecting Schools Awards and today’s debate."

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