Advocacy Day for Schools takes place in Waterford

Trad for Trócaire was one of several initiatives supported by students at the Advocacy workshop
A human rights collage prepared by students from Coláiste Muire in Cobh
Brother Kevin welcomes the students to Mount Sion in Waterford

Date: 24 Mar 2014

Brother Kevin Mascarenhas, the Director of the Integration and Support Unit (ISU) for immigrants at Mount Sion in Waterford writes about the Schools Advocacy programme which took place recently.

“Priority 10 in the Presentation Brothers Strategy for the Anglo-Irish Province is Advocacy.

I took some Advocacy training at Edmund Rice International (ERI) in Geneva in 2013 and afterwards we decided to develop a schools outreach from the ISU here in Waterford.

Over 75 students from schools in the South East and Cork participated in this year's event. We had representatives from Coláiste Muire in Cobh, Coláiste Chríost Rí in Cork, Nenagh CBS in Thurles, Gorey Community School and Enniscorthy CBS from County Wexford, Carlow CBS, Midleton CBS in Cork and our neighbours, Mount Sion CBS here in Waterford.

The students were welcomed to Mount Sion by Tony McCann of Edmund Rice Schools Trust (ERST) and Paul Scanlan, CEO of the Presentation Brothers Schools Trust (PBST).

The students shared on the work taking place in their schools. Topics covered included; homelessness in Ireland; Edmund Rice as a Model for Advocacy; Comparative studies between the education systems in Ireland and India; ‘Trad for Trócaire’ fundraising initiative; Peace & Justice Societies; and Immersion Programmes in Ghana and Zambia.

It was a very successful event with plans already taking shape to extend the programme for 2015 possibly focussing on the Millennium Development Goals and their impact across the globe.

We are also looking at developing a toolkit for Presentation Brothers and Christian Brothers schools in the South East and in Cork."