Empowering Youth: Y10 Students Meeting with CAFOD

In a display of solidarity and global citizenship, Year 10 students recently met for their next session with CAFOD (Catholic Agency for Overseas Development). The gathering not only fostered meaningful connections between students from various schools but also served as a platform to show the inspiring initiatives undertaken by each school since their last meeting.

The students from each of the Catholic schools shared their presentations. From innovative fundraising campaigns to impactful community projects, each school had a unique tale of dedication and commitment to making a positive difference in the world.

Among the highlights was the presentation from our own school, where we shed light on our ongoing efforts to support CAFOD’s mission. In just a few minutes, we outlined initiatives that are not only practical but also resonate deeply with our values of empathy and solidarity.

One such initiative involves the distribution of CAFOD collection boxes to form groups within our school community. These boxes serve as a reminder of our collective responsibility to alleviate suffering and promote justice globally. Students have enthusiastically embraced this opportunity to contribute, demonstrating a keen awareness of the power of collective action.

Our students have taken a proactive approach by proposing a thoughtful addition to our school’s prayer room. Inspired by the spirit of inclusivity and compassion, they suggested the display of a world map where students and staff can symbolically connect with countries in need through prayer. This simple yet profound gesture invites individuals to reflect on the connection of our world and extend their support beyond geographical boundaries.

Central to this initiative is the act of displaying a battery operated candle for any country on the map that resonates with the individual’s prayers or concerns. Each candlce representing a beacon of hope, illuminating the path towards a more just and compassionate world. Additionally, we are encouraged to affix sticky notes to the map, sharing prayer intentions for a particular country or place and fostering a sense of community and solidarity.

As we look towards the future, let us continue to harness the passion and energy of our young people to create a more compassionate world. With organisations like CAFOD guiding the way, the possibilities for positive change are limitless. Together, we, but especially our young people, can be the change-makers our world so desperately needs.

Y10 students are proving that no act of kindness is too small and no dream of a better world is out of reach.