Students urged to be more active in social justice

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  • April 20, 2011
Ontario Catholic School Trustees’ AssociationTORONTO - The Catholic Board Council of the Ontario Student Trustees’ Association has released a new social justice report urging Catholic students to become active in organizations promoting justice and service to marginalized groups.

“(The report) is trying to get the message across that social justice is such an integral way of making Catholic education come alive,” said Olivia Suppa, president of the Catholic Board Council.

“Let us live as Jesus wanted though nurturing the growth of Catholic leadership, and through opening our eyes and hearts to serve the victims of injustices in our communities, our country and our world,” according to the online report entitled “Social Justice: Inspiring Active Citizenship in Catholic Education.”

Members of the Catholic Board Council prepared the report over two years, with input from Catholic student trustees from across the province. The trustees call for an “active” component in the religion curriculum based “on our call to act as responsible stewards of humanity.” It also “encourages that local and global initiatives, outreach programs and positions related to social justice be included in religious education in the classroom, as well as integrated into the cultural life of the school community.”

And it recommended a social justice committee in each Catholic high school and to have school chaplains who have a “distinct presence and link to the school parish.” It includes resources to help students put their faith in action.

According to the trustees, school boards should work with different companies and organizations working towards social justice in local and global communities.

Among the organizations promoted are L’Arche Canada, the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace, World Vision, Free the Children and Catholic Charities.

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