Young children explore their richts in Scots with new book


Story in English

Children’s Commissioner Nicola Killean launched a new illustrated book in Scots on human rights for very young children today. 

The Commissioner read Let’s Explore Oor Richts – aimed at children aged up to five – to children in nursery and P1 at Burgh Primary School in Galashiels, Scottish Borders. 

The book, beautifully illustrated by Corinna Campbell, from Inverness, takes young children on a journey to discover rights like having a safe home, the right to be healthy, to learn, and to play, and features iconic Scots landmarks like Edinburgh Castle, Glasgow’s Clydeside and Tarbat Ness Lighthouse near Tain, Inverness-shire.  

An audio and video version has been recorded by Sarah, a pupil from Banff Academy in Aberdeenshire. The 17-year-old says: “It’s great learning about our rights! I have thoroughly enjoyed my time reading this book. Scots has to be one of the best languages to learn as it’s so different from all the rest. Hope you love it as much as I did!”  

Commissioner Nicola Killean said: “Let’s Explore Oor Richts explains to very young children in a way they can understand what rights are and why they are important. 

“The book was published earlier this year and we are delighted that we now have a Scots edition. All children should be able to access information about their rights in their own language and this book will help teachers to have those first conversations – in Scots – about human rights with young children. 

“Children are never too young to start learning about their rights and, longer term, that knowledge will empower them to be able to challenge adults when their rights aren’t being respected.” 

Laura Green, from the Scots Language Centre, translated the book into Scots. She said: “Given that one of the rights that children have is the right to use their own language, it is great that the Children’s Commissioner is supporting the children’s Scots by making the book available in one of the most widely-spoken indigenous languages of Scotland.” 

The Commissioner’s office has created the book in English, Gaelic, BSL, Braille and has audio versions available online. The Scots edition is available on request and is downloadable online. The English edition of the book was given to every local authority nursery in Scotland, and there is a supply for childminders and other nurseries.  

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Story in Scots

Children’s Commissioner Nicola Killean launched a new illustratit buik, in Scots, oan human richts fir the gey wee yins the day. 

The Commissioner read Let’s Explore Oor Richts – aimed at bairns five an ablow – tae wee yins in the nursery an Primary 1 cless at Burgh Primary Schuil in Galashiels. 

The buik, illustratit in a bonnie wey by Highlander Corinna Campbell, taks readers oan a vaige tae discover richts lik haein a safe hame, tae be halefu, tae lairn an tae pley, an features iconic Scots landmerks lik Embra Castle an the Tarbat Ness Lichthoose. 

An audio an video version haes been recordit by Sarah, a pupil fae Banff Academy in Aberdeenshire. The 17-year-old says: “It’s affa guid learnin aboot oor richts! I hiv thoroughly enjoyed ma time readin this buik. Scots has tae be een o the best languages tae learn as it’s sae different tae aa the rest. Hope yi lo’e it as muckle as I did!”  

Commissioner Nicola Killean says: “Let’s Explore Oor Richts expleens tae awfy wee yins, in a wey they can unnerstaun, whit richts ir an how they ir important. 

“The buik was published earlier this year an we ir delightit that we noo hae a Scots edition. Aw bairns maun be able tae access information aboot their richts in their ain leid an this buik will help teachers tae hae they first taaks – in Scots – aboot human richts wi wee yins. 

“Bairns urnae ever ower wee tae stert lairnin aboot their richts an, langer term, thon ken will empooer thaim tae be able tae challenge big yins when their richts urnae bein respectit.” 

Laura Green, fae the Centre for the Scots Leid, translatit the buik intae Scots. She says: “Gien that yin o the richts that bairns hae is the richt tae use their ain leid, it is braw that the Children’s Commissioner is heizin up the bairns’ Scots by makin the buik available in yin o the maist widely-spikken indigenous leids o Scotland.’ 

The Commissioner’s office haes creatit the buik in English, Gaelic, BSL, Braille an haes audio versions available online. The Scots edition is available oan request an is doonloadable online. The English edition o the buik was gien tae ivery local authority nursery in Scotland, an there a supply fir childminders an ither nurseries. 

Notes to editors

  • For further information on Children and Young People’s Commissioner Scotland visit the website at www.cypcs.org.uk. The Commissioner’s remit is to promote and safeguard the rights of children and young people, with particular emphasis on the rights set out in the 1989 United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. The Commissioner monitors the law, policy and practice for effectiveness in relation to the rights of children and young people and promotes best practice by service providers working with children.  
  • Corrina Campbell is a primary school teacher, author and a self-taught illustrator. Corrina taught herself the basic skills of graphic design and illustration to create her debut picture book, The Girl Who Stole The Stars. Originally from Inverness, Corrina now lives in Nairn with her family. 
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