Work Shops inspire pupils to be a voice for the hungry

Work Shops inspire pupils to be a voice for the hungry

Pupils at St. Mary’s RCVA Primary School, Swanage pose with CAFOD key-note speaker Bea Taylor, third row third from left, Councillor Bill Brite the Town Mayor and visitors from Swanage Town Council and Fair Trade.

Pupils at St. Mary’s RCVA Primary School, Swanage pose with CAFOD key-note speaker Bea Taylor, third row third from left, Councillor Bill Brite the Town Mayor and visitors from Swanage Town Council and Fair Trade.

Pupils at St. Mary’s RCVA Primary School, Swanage have been taking part in a series of thought-provoking workshops organised by CAFOD on the theme of the Global Food Crisis.  The workshops were organised by CAFOD school volunteer Bea Taylor. They formed part of the RE syllabus, challenging Year 5 students to engage with hunger issues.

Bea Taylor explains: “We began with introducing the project by power point with CAFOD resources. The project was explained and the pupils delighted me with their questions as they pondered on how we pay for our food, who controlled it, what our buying choices are and the consequences for the growers in developing countries.”

Six of the best speeches were chosen, practised and then read to an audience of year 3 and 4 representatives, visitors from Swanage Town Council and from Fair Trade.  One speech-maker said: ‘I’ve learnt that the food system is terribly unfair. It is like a game going on. The winners are the people with money. But the people who lose are the people with no money and they have to grow the food for us. I want to make every one winners.’

The Town Mayor, Councillor Bill Trite, presented some CAFOD mugs to the 3 best speeches, whilst runners up received CAFOD bookmarks.

Councillor Bill Brite presents a delighted pupil with a CAFOD mug to award a great speech on social justice issues regarding the global food system.

Councillor Bill Brite presents a delighted pupil with a CAFOD mug to award a great speech on social justice issues regarding the global food system.

The children in Year 5 were asked the question, “What was your experience of speaking for the hungry?” Some inspiring messages written by pupils of school are recorded below:

Inspiring messages written by pupils of school

Inspiring messages written by pupils of school

Inspiring messages written by pupils of school

Inspiring messages written by pupils of school

Inspiring messages written by pupils of school

Inspiring messages written by pupils of school

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