“For young people, that they might know how to respond generously to the vocation God has given them,
and immerse themselves in the great causes of the world.”
The Pope’s Prayer intention for the month of April is dedicated to the youth. This week we have asked different organisations to write about their commitment to the young, and today Sr Judith Russi to talks to us about EducareM, a UK charity which aims to train and provide resources for teachers and all those involved in the world of education.
We are a registered charity established in 1997 for the purpose of promoting, supporting and developing the mission of the Catholic Church in education.
Our principal purpose is to be a resource for those who have responsibility for the leadership of Catholic schools in the 21st century. Our mission is to enable school leaders, teachers and pupils to understand their place in the mission of the Church – the transformation of the person for the transformation of society.
EducareM offers a wide range of support for developing the curriculum in a unique and innovative way which enables children and young people to develop critical thinking skills so that they grow into people who can challenge, change and bring about the transformation of society.
Training is offered for SMSC (Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development) across the curriculum according to the beliefs and values of the Catholic Church. Formation for middle and senior leaders, developing the Catholic life of the school; reviewing the mission statement; developing chaplaincy through ‘pupil’ and ‘lay’ chaplaincy teams, and the development of religious education across all key stages.
Equally important is the formation of governors in their leadership role and to this end EducareM has a long experience of assisting governors as they strive to fulfil their particular responsibilities.
Catholic Social Teaching (CST) is a treasure often neglected and little known. EducareM in conjunction with Caritas Diocese of Salford, has developed a resource “Caritas in Action” which seeks to deliver CST across all key stages integrated throughout the curriculum.
EducareM is now working with Caritas in the training and promotion of pupil Caritas Ambassadors in schools to raise awareness of important social issues and help for those in the greatest need. These young Ambassadors are commissioned by the diocese to fulfil their roles.
The National School of Formation
This initiative began in 2016 and has just completed the formation and training of 30 head teachers and governors. (educarem.org.uk) As Catholic educators pursue their true mission and core purpose in schools, many are encountering a growing tension between national education policy and their intentions and aspiration for children and young people.
The National School of Formation has been established to support the call for more effective and appropriate provision for Head teachers and Governors in realising the true mission of the Church in education. It is an exciting and challenging initiative bringing together Head teachers and governors who are seeking to offer an education which is a truly Gospel transformational endeavour.