Category Archive: Youth News

Welcome to our new peace education worker

Hello! I’m Aisling, the new schools and youth education worker. I’m looking forward to getting started working with young people, teachers and schools to promote peace, nonviolence and reconciliation. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch at education@paxchristi.org.uk if you have any queries, or have a look at the peace education pages for some great resources and ideas.

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New A-level RE Lesson

The third in our joint Pax Christi/Quakers in Britain Religious Studies A-Level series of lessons has been published.

The new lesson, The Peace Movement, examines a variety of peace organisations inviting students to critically assess their motivation and inspiration, their work and its effectiveness, and what opposition or barriers they face.

Sitting alongside existing lessons The Christian Contribution to Issues of War and Peace and Pacifism – Practice and Practicality this new lesson completes a high quality set of lessons for students studying war and peace as part of their A-Level Religious Studies curriculum.

All of our A-level RE lessons can be found here.

 

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These A-Level lessons are a joint project of Pax Christi with Quakers in Britain

 

Permanent link to this article: http://paxchristi.org.uk/2018/08/03/new-a-level-re-lesson/

Trinity Catholic School students host Pax Christi Conference

As a Pax Christi school, Trinity has been involved in a number of social justice initiatives over the past five years. Students drew on these experiences to deliver a conference to fellow Key Stage Three pupils from Cardinal Wiseman (Coventry), Bishop Milner (Dudley), St Thomas More (Nuneaton) and St Benedict’s (Alcester). They were supported by Matt Jeziorski, Education and Youth Officer from Pax Christi UK.

Cerys, in year eight, said, ‘It was our goal to teach people how much they could get for themselves out of doing things like Pax Christi’. The visitors to the school were inspired, attending workshops showing how the Trinity Design Technology department recycles plastic to be remodelled in school and how the students have raised money for refugees and the homeless.

Pax Christi is an ecumenical organisation founded in France in the final year of World War Two. It is a lobbying presence against violence of all types.

Trinity Principal Chris Gabbett said, ‘I am so proud of our students. The calibre of the workshops they delivered was so incredibly impressive. It fills me with real pleasure to lead a school like this, with young people so independent and focussed on improving the world around them’.

All of the invited schools have been tasked with establishing their own Pax Christi groups. Trinity will look to host a ‘Faith in Action’ day in summer 2019, inviting clergy, Pax Christi and more schools to further spread the peace message.

TRINITY CATHOLIC SCHOOL IS A VOLUNTARY-AIDED CATHOLIC SCHOOL IN THE RC DIOCESE OF BIRMINGHAM

Photo: (From Left) Joe, Tobias, Cerys, Hannah, Amber and Honor with resources for the day.

Permanent link to this article: http://paxchristi.org.uk/2018/07/12/trinity-catholic-school-students-host-pax-christi-conference/

Northampton Diocese Faith in Action Day

Sixty year ten students representing half of the High Schools of the Northampton Diocese gathered with Bishop Peter at St Paul’s, Milton Keynes for the second annual Schools Faith in Action Day.

The day, organised by St Paul’s, Pax Christi, and the Northampton Young Ministry Office, began with a chance for students to grill Bishop Peter on issues as varied as the importance of prayer, how he puts his faith into action, and the role of women in the Church.

Workshops gave the students chance to delve deeper into the issues with sessions on the dignity of work, peacemaking, and a presentation from Siobhan Doyle, a past pupil of St Paul’s who is currently a CAFOD Step into the Gap volunteer. Meanwhile the teachers had their own workshop exploring how peace and justice education can be incorporated more fully into the classroom.

In the afternoon James Trewby from Columban Justice and Peace Education led an entertaining and inspirational presentation reflecting on how we are called, as Christians, to act for justice and peace in our World.

Tracy Bempong, a St Paul’s student said ‘I felt like it was a great, fun experience’ while Eva Ukeleghe, also from St Paul’s said ‘I enjoyed learning and experiencing new facts about faith with new schools. I would recommend doing it.’

Jennifer Rowlands, a teacher from St Paul’s said ‘It was fantastic to see so many young people from across the diocese coming together to share their faith and to learn from one another’.

Permanent link to this article: http://paxchristi.org.uk/2018/07/12/northampton-diocese-faith-in-action-day/

Everyday Militarism Poster

Working with artist Abbey Thornton our friends at Quaker Peace Education have produced this excellent poster highlighting some of the many examples of Everyday Militarism that we encounter day-to-day in Britain and its effects on British life. It is a great way to spark off conversation about the roots of war and the kind of society we need to build peace and is suitable for use with children or adults.

The poster can be downloaded here or ordered from the Quaker bookshop (free plus p&p). We also have a stock of the posters in the Pax Christi shop so you can order directly from us.

Click to explore an interactive version here.

Alongside the poster is a set of ideas for learning and discussion activities which can be downloaded here.

The poster is also available in Welsh

 

Permanent link to this article: http://paxchristi.org.uk/2018/06/29/everyday-militarism-poster/

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