Challenge to Change 2012

On Wednesday 10th May students from twenty seven Presentation Primary and Secondary schools, who had participated in this year’s ‘Challenge to Change’ programme met in the Springhill Hotel in Kilkenny to share their concern about social issues which must be addressed if we are to make our world a place where justice prevails.

Eleven CEIST schools were represented this year.

School Projects

Their projects addressed issues such as Climate Change and its effects of Poverty in East Africa studied by the students from Presentation Secondary School, Clonmel, and Poverty in Ireland, the project chosen by the students from Our Lady’s College, Drogheda.

The issues of inequality in education, child labour and gender inequality were also explored in projects undertaken by Presentation Secondary School, Kilkenny, who studied Prejudice and Inequality in Education; Presentation Secondary School Mitchelstown, with a project entitled Less Education Leads to more Exploitation. Presentation de la Salle College, Bagenalstown who looked at Fair Trade, Fair School, Fair Life; Presentation Secondary School, Warrenmount with their project All Work and no Play! Becoming the Person You’re Not, and Life is Precious, so are Girls presented by Coláiste Bríde Secondary School Clondalkin.

Links between Presentation schools and India were also very much in evidence. The students from Presentation Secondary School, Ballingarry presented their India Immersion Project on their links with, and visit to, Chennai last November as part of the Presentation Sister’ Global Education Experience; Presentation Secondary School, Thurles have also developed their India Outreach Project with students having recently returned from a visit to Calcutta under the auspices of the Hope Foundation; and the students from Scoil Chríost Rí in Portlaoise, have fundraised to build a school for children in India as their project The Slums of India a Moral Issue.

St. Joseph’s College Lucan, realising that they have a very interesting level of cultural diversity among the students in their school undertook a project exploring what they could learn about the world and its people from their own school context in a project entitled Many Cultures, One World.

It was wonderful to also meet so many primary school pupils who had undertaken such a variety of projects, and each of whom were not only willing to explain what they had done and what they had learnt, but were also determined that this was only the beginning of their work for justice, Their project titles included Human Rights for You, Me, Everybody; Sustainability in our Community; Famine & Hunger then& Now; Barbie versus Ken and many more, covering a wide range of topics on various facets of justice and sustainability about which they were passionate.

In addition to displaying their projects, the students were also invited to participate in workshops throughout the day.

Congratulations to all the students involved on their hard work, not only in raising awareness of so many issues of injustice in our world, but also on acting upon the information they have gleaned and responding to the needs of others in such a variety of ways.

Sincere thanks to their teachers, whose commitment, support and encouragement has enabled their pupils to undertake these projects with such enthusiasm, and also to the Presentation S.E. Leadership Team, the Trustees of Challenge to Change.

Above all, we all owe a huge debt of gratitude to Sr Margaret Mary Healy and Liam Kilbride without whose dedication and energy in continuing to promote awareness of justice, human rights and sustainability in such a positive way in Presentation Schools, Challenge to Change would not happen!.

It is wonderful to see so many CEIST / Presentation schools taking part in this programme, and to meet students who have truly discovered that, through their learning, and their response to it, they can be, and are already being ‘catalysts for social transformation’ in our world.

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