Students can take part in three Trócaire Awards Programmes, based on global justice issues.
BETTER WORLD AWARD
This is an award that recognises the work and learning that takes place each year while exploring Trócaire’s Lenten theme. As you go through the Lenten stories and activities with your pupils, please remember to keep the children’s work or record their activities for the Trócaire Better World Award.
BWA ENTRY IDEAS
Send in art work or projects the children have made.
Create a display about the country featured and place it in the corridor where everyone can see it.
Send in letters, poems, prayers and stories the children have written.
Write and perform a song about the country and children in the Lenten pack.
Call a school assembly and role-play a situation that might occur in the focus country – use the Lenten pack to help you do so.
Record a video or photograph the children participating in the activities featured in the Lenten pack and send us in a DVD.
Read entry details for the Better World Awards 2014 (closing date 2 May 2014)
Members of each group who submit an entry receive a Trócaire Better World Award certificate and badge. In addition, 15 awards are given to groups whose entries are of special merit. The merit awards include artefacts from the country featured, a fair-trade hamper and resource materials for the classroom.
What the children say about the BETTER WORLD AWARDS...
“We are all human beings and we would like someone to think of us if we needed their help”
“We have planted an organic garden in our school. Trócaire helps communities grow their own food. We are growing vegetables and hope to be an example to others, as this cuts down on transport emissions and packaging which contribute to Climate Change”. (6th class children from St Eunan’s N.S, Raphoe, Co. Donegal)
Pamoja Kwa Haki meaning ‘Together for Rights’ in Swahili is Trócaire’s long term human rights programme in post primary schools.
Based on rotating case studies, Pamoja guides and encourages students to look at the root causes of poverty using particular Development Education tools and techniques.
This learning is applied to a particular human rights and global justice issue or theme which leads to action based approach to awareness raising. Past themes have focused on Climate Change in Kenya, Gender Inequality in Malawi and Rebuilding communities in Uganda. The Pamoja project can be undertaken as part of a Development Education module, as a Transition Unit or within a subject class or Peace and Justice extracurricular group.
While Trócaire provides a school with support and assistance, activities are all student-led and student-centred. It is the students themselves who decide on what initiatives they would like to undertake in order to promote Trócaire’s work. Because the programme is student-led and student-motivated, participants gain a real understanding of the issues.
The objective of the Pamoja programme is to mobilise young people to become global citizens and human rights activists.
SUPPORT TO PAMOJA SCHOOLS
In order to support schools undertaking a Pamoja project Trócaire provides education resources, information on the case studies, activity days, in school support and certification on completion of the project.
To get involved in the Pamoja programme phone 01 505324901 5053249.
Trócaire’s Solidarity Award scheme aims to recognise the effort, energy and commitment that post primary students and their schools give to help Trócaire alleviate poverty and injustice amongst the world’s poorest people.
There are two categories – Individual Student and Whole School.
To qualify for a SILVER award students must complete at least 1 activity to promote Trócaire’s annual Lenten Campaign. Examples may include – delivering a Lenten themed assembly, creating a Trócaire display, writing an article for schools website/magazine or organising a fundraising event (raising at least £50). To be awarded a GOLD award students must complete a minimum of 2 activities and organise a fundraising event to raise a minimum of 100.
Trócaire also recognises collective school achievements in addition to, or instead of nominating individuals. Teachers are asked to nominate their school if they think they’ve gone that extra mile to support Trócaire’s work. Example’s amongst others could include exceptional promotion of Trócaire’s work in their school over a number of years or innovative Lenten fundraising activities. Entries should be supported by evidence of activities for example, newspaper articles, photographs, video recordings, posters, flyers etc.