Multi-award winning singer Arlo Parks has been named a top Unicef UK supporter.
The move elevates the Mercury Prize and UK Prize winner’s support for the charity and his commitment to protecting children‘s rights around the world.
Parks has been supporting Unicef UK since 2021, when she performed at the organization’s first Blue Moon Gala at Outernet London, which raised over £750,000.
The musician and poet also wrote a short article for Unicef’s State of the World’s Children 2021: On My Mind report, which focused on children’s mental health.
For her first appearance as a high-profile supporter, she visited a secondary school in Balham, south-west London, which was recently awarded the gold medal of Unicef’s national rights-respecting schools award in the UK.
“I’m so proud to be involved with Unicef UK and to continue my journey with them as a High Profile Supporter,” Parks said.
“It was a privilege to visit the Rights Respecting School and see the work of Unicef UK.
“I saw a lot of empowered kids, which was really beautiful to see, and it was really interesting to see how different rights meant different things to different students.
“But I think at the heart of it all was that they feel empowered, that they can be themselves, that their differences are celebrated, that they are listened to and that they can be encouraged to pursue a life and a way of life and a way of expressing themselves that makes them feel good.
The more than 5,000 participating schools create safe and inspiring places for students to learn that put children’s rights at the heart of education.
More than 1.6 million children attend a rights-respecting school in the UK, with the award this year celebrating 15 years of empowering students to put their rights into practice every day.
Teacher Frankie Matthews said, “We are so thrilled that Arlo Parks visited our students and inspired them even more to speak their minds and be themselves.
“We are extremely proud to be a Gold Rights Respecting school and we can see the positive impact this has on our students.
“For us, our sense of duty as teachers comes from understanding these rights and how to help children feel empowered.”