At a recent gathering of Catholic school
students at John XXIII College, students from Clontarf Aboriginal
College, Trinity College and Catholic Agricultural College Bindoon
represented Edmund Rice schools.
WORKSHOP was an initiative of Caritas Australia with
the aim of educating our young leaders about global issues so that
they could return to their schools and educate their own communities.
The theme for Project Compassion this year is "The Challenge
is Poverty, The Time is Now".
The day consisted of working together in small groups to come up
with a definition of poverty, looking at the endless cycle of poverty,
as well as discussing how it might be broken. A video presentation
gave an excellent account of how money raised through Project Compassion
in the past has been used to help a family in Vietnam.
The students were addressed by International Lenten speaker John
Ashworth. John works with Caritas Australia's partners in Sudan,
and he is familiar with the work of the Christian Brothers in Yambio.
The students received from John a very graphic first hand insight
into the daily challenges for survival in North Eastern Africa.
This event provided a wonderful opportunity for our students to
gain an understanding of how their support for Caritas can provide
real change in our global community. Good leadership is about using
the model of servant leadership which Jesus gave us - a model of
leadership which leads to justice and works to end poverty.
Report written by Br Bernard
White cfc, Campus Minister at Clontarf Aboriginal College