Pupils to tackle global injustice

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Bishop of Stockport welcomes new scheme encouraging pupils to tackle global injustice.

Naburn CofE Primary School (near York)  took part in the Global Neighbours pilot scheme and raised enough money to twin all of the school’s toilets.

Bishop Libby Lane has welcomed a new global justice scheme launched this January by Christian Aid in partnership with the Church of England which aims to empower a new generation of children to respond to poverty and injustice.

The scheme, Global Neighbours, is designed to support primary schools’ work with pupils on global citizenship and aims to develop their understanding of global poverty and justice, the Christian call to tackle injustice and their own ability to bring about change as confident agents of change.

Schools are now being encouraged to register for the scheme and take advantage of the free resources on the Global Neighbours webpage with ideas on how to incorporate global justice learning into the curriculum, worship and school life throughout the school year.

Bishop Libby said: “This partnership with Christian Aid provides an exciting new opportunity for us to work together to deliver an education that is deeply Christian and serving the common good.

“Children are keenly aware of deeply troubling issues in the world today. Using Christian Aid’s extensive experience of tackling poverty and the systems that cause it, Global Neighbours will help children recognise injustice and understand the Christian call to act on it.

“My hope, and that of the Church of England’s Education Office is that this scheme will help pupils to be confident agents of change and provide them with real opportunities to transform lives and communities.

“It is tremendously exciting to see how schools have already embraced the opportunities in the pilot phase and how it has helped nurture pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.

“I will be encouraging schools and parishes to work together to help make the most of the opportunities Global Neighbours brings. I hope this initiative will create a new generation of informed and courageous children able to share in addressing the many issues our world faces.”

Christian Aid Regional Coordinator for Cheshire, Becky Hurst said: “We are delighted to have the support of Bishop Libby and look forward to working alongside parishes and schools. Many schools are already engaging with issues of injustice and poverty and our vision is that this scheme will affirm and recognise what they currently do and provide impetus to take that engagement to a new level.”

Any primary school can now register for the scheme without any cost or obligation and download the free handbook from the website  Anyone interested in finding out more about the volunteer Christian Aid Teacher role can visit www.christianaid.org.uk/volunteering/become-christian-aid-teacher or contact the North West office on 01925 573 769.