One World Week takes place in the school this November 14th – 18th. It is a
national event, ran by the NYCI, and the Justice, Peace, Integrity of Creation
(JPIC) group here in Loreto Beaufort are taking part again this year. The group,
led by Ms. Donohue and the Transition Years received the national theme ‘A
Rich Man’s World’ and came up with the sub-theme ‘Global Issues and how they
affect all Young Peoples’ Lives’.
With this theme in mind we as a group have planned a fun-filled educational
week. We have chosen different issues for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd years to learn
about; child labour for the 1st years, poverty and the economic recession for the
2nd years and global inequality for the 4th years. We will raise awareness about
these issues through peer teaching and educational activities and we plan on
showing each year group how the issue may affect them or relate to them in
some way. Meanwhile the 5th and 6th years will have one RE class during the
week based on this theme to ensure that they hear of the issues affecting us
as well. Not only this, but there will be a competition running for the second
years; “If you were Taoiseach for a day…” with great prizes funded by a grant
we received from the NYCI to help run the week. On Thursday 17th we will
also be holding a fun activity based lunch for the 1st years. The school will be
decorated in conjunction with the week and to finish the week off a prayer
will be read over the intercom for the most vulnerable in our society and those
affected by the recession.
We in JPIC are about raising awareness to encourage change, not money and
this is something we hope to achieve during ‘One World Week’. We hope that
everybody takes something from the week and that everybody enjoys it.