Parramatta students explore social justice

Aware: OLMC students with Bahay Tuluyan volunteers at a Kids View conference on May 21.

Aware: OLMC students with Bahay Tuluyan volunteers at a Kids View conference on May 21.

Our Lady of Mercy College Parramatta has hosted its sixth social justice conference led by Filipino children’s organisation Bahay Tuluyan.

Volunteers from the non-government organisation shared their experiences with 40 students from the college and nearby schools at the Kids View event on Wednesday.

They also held workshops around the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals which include halting health, employment, education and food problems in developing countries.

The school’s social justice co-ordinator Barbara McBride said the conference allowed year 9 students to hear first-hand accounts of surviving poverty in the Philippines.

‘‘This helps them reflect on their own lives and realise the opportunities they have to help others,’’ she said.

‘‘It also makes them much more aware of global concerns.’’

Event organiser Catherine Scerri said global efforts to reduce poverty had been fairly successful since the 1990’s.

‘‘For me . . . raising awareness is even more important than raising money,’’ she said.

‘‘That is what these conferences are all about.’’

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