Investing in Peace Through Education

Untitled design 10Education is a tool not only for imparting knowledge, but for achieving societal and political change.

“Preventing war is the work of politicians, establishing peace is the work of educationists.”  Maria Montessori

Education and girls

The subject of girls’ education is now, rightfully, getting the attention it deserves, such as in the JRS campaign Make Room For Her, which highlights the challenges girls face in accessing schooling, especially in poor communities and refugee settlements. In South Sudan, the obstacles that girls meet are even greater, and the need to overcome them more important. Education for girls helps them to escape being married off as children so that their families can receive a dowry payment in cattle.

Commitment to Child Safeguarding

Commitment to Child Safeguarding

The Xavier Network (XN) approved the ‘Commitment to Child Safeguarding’ (CCS) document, in a meeting held in Nuremberg on 7th March 2019, which has consolidated its approach to supporting partners in the Global South around this issue. The CCS which was developed by Irish Jesuit Missions (IJM), includes funding and resources for partners to develop child safeguarding programmes, advocacy, community and staff training, and awareness-raising. The commitment by the network to these protocols and procedures informs how all members collaborate with these local partners, going beyond child protection protocols, to building a local culture of child safeguarding and protection.

A Girl's Place is in School

JRS Easter 2019 WebFor millions of refugee girls, education is out of reach. Despite substantial increases in access to girls’ education around the world over the last two decades, refugee girls remain left behind. Irish Jesuit Missions supports projects run by Jesuit Refugee Service wordwide which tackle and overcome the problems faced by refugee girls as they strive to access education.

No Mossies in March

no mossies in march

Malaria – the Facts

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) in 2017, there were just under 220 million cases of malaria worldwide; most were on the African continent. From this, an estimated 435,000 people died, with children under 5 years of age accounting for 61% (266,000) of all malaria deaths worldwide. While great work has been done in the last twenty years to reduce mortality rates, Médecins Sans Frontières highlights that ‘a child in Africa still dies every minute from Malaria.

Four Priorities for the Decade

Copy of uap JCFJ officeThis week, Fr Arturo Sosa SJ, the Superior General of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) made public the Universal Apostolic Preferences (UAPs), which resulted from a two-year period of reflection, or discernment, by its members and have been approved by Pope Francis.

The UAPs are spiritual and practical guidelines which will provide the framework on which the work of the Jesuits will be based from 2019 to 2029. They will inform the strategic direction of all organisations comprising the Jesuit global network during that period.

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