The Meath School community gets knitting as part of the UNICEF Silver Rights Respecting School Award

March 27, 2024

The Meath School community have been working together to advocate for children’s rights as part of the UNICEF Rights Respecting School Award, by knitting and crocheting hats and nursing squares for premature babies at St Peter’s Hospital in Chertsey.

Woollen hats and nursing squares made by the Meath School community

The first delivery of hats was taken to the hospital by children and staff earlier this month; the staff of the neo-natal department were delighted to receive them in time for Mother’s Day, and even requested a blanket!


Meath pupils with staff at St Peter’s neo-natal unit

Majella Delaney, Principal of Meath, said:

“’By being involved in this project and linking it to the Rights Respecting School Award, we are teaching the children to have empathy, understand how we can help and support at various levels and what can do to help support in the various rights of a child. The knitting also creates a social and mindful space for both children and adults to do something for someone else. Many of our children at Meath were born prematurely or had some birth trauma and may well have needed a little hat to keep them warm when they were born!”

You can read more about Meath and their Silver Rights Respecting School Award here.