‘Be lovers of truth and doers of justice’. – Mary Ward
The values of justice, peace and the integrity of creation are promoted in Loreto. Social justice is a core element of the Loreto Mission – students should be ‘active citizens for change.’
The aim of development education is to increase awareness about the root causes of local and global poverty and injustice and to find meaningful ways to take action for change.
The JPIC group was set up in 2007 and so far has focused on raising awareness of issues such as the Millennium Development Goals, Fair Trade, the Trocaire Global Gift Campaign, child labour, Animal Rights, Gender Equality and Poverty. In 2013-2014 the JPIC Group participated in Dissolving Boundaries which aimed to develop principles of good citizenship through collaborative project work using ICT. The partner school was Scoil Uí Mhuirí, Dunleer. Sutdents collaborated on a project about Social Justice.
A JPIC group, made up of Years 8 to 14 students, meets weekly at lunchtime with the aim of raising awareness in our school community about injustice issues throughout the world and what we can do help.
Each year group is also involved in various fundraising activities for both local and international charities.
The JPIC group is run in connection with the Loreto Education Network. Each year a seminar is held, where the JPIC co-ordinators meet representatives from all the Loreto schools in Ireland. These seminars raise the social consciousness of the participants, empowering students and teachers in their role as agents of social change.