CAFOD Westminster’s schools volunteers get ready for Lent visits

CAFOD Westminster’s ever enthusiastic team of schools volunteers are preparing to visit schools throughout North London and Hertfordshire as Lent Fast Day approaches.

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On Friday 18 January, schools volunteers from across the Westminster diocese came together at the Catholic Church of Christ the King, Oakwood, to share their experiences and learn new techniques for the upcoming school visits which will be taking place throughout Lent.

The volunteers discussed some of the workshops they run in schools, covering topics such as climate change, fair trade and hunger issues. They agreed that these interactive sessions, which feature fun and informative games, quizzes and activities, really get young people engaged and excited about the work CAFOD does to help people in need around the world.

One of the workshops, snappily titled “The Banana Split Game”, teaches students about the importance of supporting Fairtrade. They are asked decide for themselves what percentage of the price of a non-Fairtrade banana should go to each person in the chain of production, from the grower, through importers and wholesalers and finally to the supermarkets where they are sold. They are then told the typical percentages each individual receives in real life and are almost always shocked at the results.

Other popular classroom activities include the Climate Change Quiz, in which two teams compete to answer questions about how climate change is affecting our world and the ways in which we can combat it, and interactive presentations such as ‘Cock-a-doodle-you’. Using examples from South America, Cock-a-doodle-you encourages students to think about CAFOD’s vision of universal justice and equality and to come up with their own ideas for ways to help make this a reality for everyone.

Especially topical this year, given CAFOD’s ongoing Hungry for Change campaign, is the Food Quiz workshop. This quiz asks thought provoking questions such as ‘What proportion of food produced for human consumption is wasted?’ (the answer is one quarter) and ‘People in the UK spend around 10% of their income on food. How much of their income do people in developing countries have to spend on food?’ (70%).

Thank you to all CAFOD Westminster’s school volunteers for their energy and enthusiasm, both at this refresher day and at every school you visit. Your efforts to spread the word of CAFOD to a new generation help to make a lasting impact on the lives of people living in poverty and injustice around the world.

Having a CAFOD volunteer visit your school or youth group is a fantastic way to get young people excited about helping others and changing their world for the better. If you would like to arrange a visit, get in touch with us by email at westminster@cafod.org.uk or by phone on 0208 449 6970.

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