To end a very special RE week on Friday 19 May CAFOD’s Education volunteer Cathy Stormonth delivered workshops at St Mary Magdalene School to two Year 4 classes on Pope Francis’ message – Laudato Si’ about Caring for Our Common Home.
This was linked to CAFOD’s latest campaign POWER TO BE with a focus on the importance of renewable energy. Pupils heard how solar panels and solar cell equipment transformed communities and children’s lives in Kenya. They learnt how campaigning can be really effective in causing change and how to send messages to the World Bank to start making that change happen.
Year 4 pupils enthusiastically listened to how climate change is having the greatest impact on the poorest people and how unfair this is. 1 in 6 people do not have access to electricity which means they are denied so many opportunities (like access to medication, education etc..). They are not able to live “life to the full” which is what Jesus wanted for all.
We focused on the importance of ‘Living Simply, Thinking Wisely, Loving Generously’ and how the children could each do some small things in their own lives to show their love for the world, others and God.
Pupils were amazed how a whole town in Kenya came alive because of having access to renewable energy. They agreed that every child should have the ‘POWER TO BE… whatever they want to be’.
Year 4 teacher Mrs Sualy was very pleased when children created their ‘POWER TO BE…’ sun with it’s many rays. The messages to the World Bank about the importance of renewable energy to fight poverty were very strong. She said ‘This workshop has helped the children have greater awareness of the huge impact climate change has and pupils can make small changes in their lives to consume less and think more about others who are pushed further into poverty’.
Children were proud of their sun and the message rays. They were very keen for these messages to be conveyed to those in power at the World Bank to help make a difference.
Well done Year 4. Great to see such passion! Thank you to all the staff involved and to our wonderful Education Volunteer Cathy!