14 August 2009 Dear Colleagues Munnar Justice and Peace Education Grants It is with much pleasure that I announce the recipients for the second round of the Munnar Justice and Peace Education Grants. These grants were developed to provide funding to staff for innovative projects that develop a deeper understanding of and commitment to making the world a better place through Catholic education. The grants were named to honour the vision of the 2008 Congregation Chapter of the Christian Brothers, which was held in Munnar, India. Each of the projects funded reflects the hope of the Chapter and are a practical expression of living the Charism in a contemporary way. There were a number of applicants and only a limited number of projects were able to be funded. A panel of people from EREA and the Christian Brothers reviewed each application. The grant recipients are: • Todd Alloway, Kendal Achurch, Pele Reuben, Tom Neliman, Rita Neliman (FLC – Townsville and Ignatius Park College) – Honouring Our Elders, Nurturing Our Youth: Celebration of Indigenous Culture • Shane Carr (St Edmunds College, Ipswich) – Footprints in the Park Homeless Project • Chris Ryan and Matthew Hawkins(St Joseph’s Nudgee College) – Pag‐Inupdanay with Spirit – Philippines Solidarity Project • Jackie Scheers (Edmund Rice College, Wollongong) – Wollongong Social Justice Day • Cate Livingston (Parade College, Bundoora) – Indigenous Reconciliation Space • Angelo Spandavecchia/David Ruggiero (St Pauls, Gilles Plains) – Indigenous Immersions Connections • Denyse Gibbs/Anne Urquhart (St Edmund’s College, Canberra) – Indigenous Cultural Camp The task of educating for justice and peace is central to our educational endeavour and these projects will contribute greatly to the formation of young people who can make a difference in the world. I look forward to these projects being shared with our wider network into the future to further inspire others. I encourage staff from our schools to apply for funding available in next year’s round. With my best wishes Dr Wayne Tinsey Executive Director National Office 9 The Vaucluse Richmond Victoria 3121 Australia abn: 64 066 939 786 p: +61 3 9426 3200 f: +61 3 9426 3222 www.erea.edu.au ROUND 2 RECIPIENTS MUNNAR JUSTICE AND PEACE EDUCATION GRANTS The Munnar Justice and Peace Education Grants provide funding to staff for innovative projects that develop a deeper understanding of and commitment to making the world a better place through Catholic education Townsville Flexible Learning Centre and Ignatius Park Edmund Rice College, Wollongong College Project Title: Wollongong Social Justice Day 2009 Project Title: Honouring Our Elders, Nuturing Our Youth: Since 2002 Edmund Rice College has been hosting a social Celebration of Indigenous Culture justice day for students, staff and community members that Students from the Townsville FLC, in collaboration with has explored Indigenous health and education, the legal Indigenous students from Ignatius Park College will organise system, the Stolen Generations and the advocacy campaign, and host a Celebration of Indigenous Culture. Members of “Make Indigenous Poverty History”. Through gathering the wider Townsville community will be invited to people together and engaging in dialogue this day aims to participate in the event. This project is part of their service nurture relationships, understanding and cultural literacy. and solidarity learning program, where students aim to raise St Edmund’s College, Canberra awareness of issues and educate the wider community about reconciliation. Project Title: Indigenous Cultural Education Camp Debrief and Action Planning St Paul’s Collge, Gilles Plains In the spirit of reconcilliation each Indigenous student from Project Title: Inaugural Indigenous Immersion Program St Edmund’s was invited to ask a Non‐Indigenous friend to St Paul’s has formed a relationship with St Brendan’s attend a 3 day camp with them at Tuross Heads. The camp College Yeppoon and aims to develop their commitment to included a variety of cultural activites and explored reconciliation through undertaking an Indigenous Immersion reconcilliation and social disadvantage in Australia. This with the communities that some of the St Brendan’s grant is supporting a follow up gathering to reflect upon and students come from. This immersion will form an integral explore future actions that students could take together to part of their social justice education program and focus on further reconcilliation in the school and wider communtiy. the development of mutual understanding between St Edmund’s College, Ipswich Indigenous and non‐Indigenous Australians as well as enabling reflection upon structural injustices within Project Title: Footprints in the Park Australian society and actions that can be taken to overcome For the past year St Edmund’s has been developing a these. The grant supports the development of this relationship with the homeless and boarding house immersion and cross‐cultural formation for staff involved community in Ipswich through sharing a meal and stories. St Joseph’s Nudgee College, Boondall Footprints in the Park aims to expand this project and provide an opportunity for students, parents and the Project Title: Pag‐Inupdanay….With Spirit homeless community to reflect on and share their Over the last four years Nudgee College has developed a experiences in a structured way. This grant will support the solidarity relationship with schools connected with the development of appropriate resources and materials for this Christian Brothers in the Philippines. Each year the school formation to occur and provide an opportunity for students holds a “Walk to the Philippines” event that educates the to link their experience to their faith development through wider community about the relationship and issues theological reflection. surrounding poverty and justice. This grant will support Parade College, Bundoora students in the Philippines to have a “Walk to Australia” event on the same day and provide opportunities for each Project Title: Indigenous Reconcilliation Space group to communicate over the web. This grant will also In partnership with local Elders Parade College will develop support Filipino and Australian students participation in the an Indigenous Reconciliation Space that will give students an development of libraries through the Box of Books project. opportunity to nurture their understanding of Aboriginal spirituality and the sacredness of the earth. This project will be led by student leaders and the ongoing care of it will form part of their service and solidarity learning program.