CAFOD offers a huge amount of really helpful learning resources and St Thomas Aquinas School Bletchley have been using some of these in the ‘Come and See’ RE curriculum around the ‘Universal Church’ theme this term. Cathy Stormonth – CAFOD Education volunteer was invited to deliver some workshops and writes:
We chose to deliver workshops to Years 6, 5 and 2 around some global themes
Year 6 The Work of the Worldwide Christian Family for the ‘Common Good’
Pupils were asked ‘Is there a need for CAFOD?’ and given some shocking global statistics to help answer the question.
- 767 million people live on less than £1.40p per day.
- 63 million children will not attend school this year
- 663 million people do not have access to safe drinking water
- 2.3 billion people do not have access to a household toilet
- 1.06 billion people have no access to electricity
It made pupils reflect on their own lives and count their blessings. Student Madeleine said, ‘I will make sure I do my best at school because I am very lucky to be able to go so I shouldn’t waste the opportunity.’
Another Yr 6 student, Connie, noted, ‘I will do little things like saving water and electricity. I can also donate money when I can.’
Year 6 pupils also noted that there are 7.6 billion people in the world and 1.27 billion of these are Catholics. This prompted pupils to deduce that with numbers on this scale it might be feasible for the Catholic church to help and support some of the poorest and most vulnerable people globally – and of course they are right.
This is the ‘Universal Church’. Teacher Miss Brown was impressed with the quality of discussions and said,
‘The year 6 children really enjoyed the CAFOD session, learning the various statistics about poverty in our world really opened their eyes to the magnitude of the problem. They are thoughtful and caring children and their answers to different questions showed me how deeply they think about issues that not only affect themselves but also others. The session also showed them that they, as individuals, can do things that will cause a positive change in the world and taught them the importance of CAFOD’s role in doing this.’