Laudato Si’ has started a veritable “environmental movement” in the Christian world and in October, we are still reaping the fruits of this encyclical. There are several global initiatives and projects by Church communities that have developed a host of resources which discuss, explain and call us to care for our “common home”. Here we list a few of these initiatives that teachers and educators might find useful. If you know of any initiatives or resources that could be added to this list, or indeed shared on Educate Magis, please use the conversations field below to let us know.
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Children of migrant workers from Vadodara, Gujarat,India are educated in a school run by the Jesuits at Katamba Farm.
Fr jolly Nadukudiyil sj is in charge of the farm and the school. Rickshaws bring the students from the city to the school every day. It is a great service done to these children who otherwise would remain uneducated for life. The farm received water from the Narmada River project of the government and is transformed in a few years into a lovely garden with large fish ponds and green trees.
The University School of Agricultural Engineering (INEA in Spanish) in Valladolid, Spain held its latest edition of the Ecological and Solidarity Market last 16 September jointly with growers of organic gardens, a green project that the community has looked forward to since 10 years ago.
On this occasion, the funds raised were donated to the Apu Palamguwan Cultural Education Center (APC) in Bendum in northern Mindanao, Philippines that provides Kinder to Grade 6 classes for about 300 students. APC has been operating an upland elementary school for the Pulangiyen indigenous communities for more than 10 years. And for this school year, APC offered Grade 7 classes and around 30 students are currently enrolled.
As the days draw near for September opening of Loyola Jesuit Secondary School (LJSS), there are many little details to pay attention to – as well as the great big details of teachers’ assignments, students’ books, cooks’ supplies, etc., etc.!
One detail, both big and little, is how to assure that LJSS is as “green” as possible. By that we mean that in both construction and instruction our school should be environmentally sensitive, ecologically sound.