“Speak up for those who cannot speak up for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly, defend the rights of the poor and needy.” Proverbs 31:8-9
What is Courageous Advocacy?
It is championing a cause which is special or meaningful.
It enables our school community to develop a greater awareness of the challenges the world and its people face and how, both collectively and as individuals, we make change happen. We learn that we can support causes in our school community, local community and further afield, and by letting our light shine, we can show our unique talents.
Through practising our school’s Christian ethos and vision, we support a number of local and national charities. Our school community regularly organise fundraising events such as Jeans 4 Genes and Christmas Jumper Day. We celebrate our pupils’ individual achievements outside of school and are proud of how they show compassion and kindness in their daily lives. We also encourage our children to provide service to others. Older pupils are Play Leaders and Anti-bullying Ambassadors and we also have a very active School Council and Eco-Committee which meets regulalry to support school leadership and our eco-priorities.
Fundamentally though, fundraising for the problems we see won’t usually solve them – teaching and learning also has to get underneath the problems of injustice. Great Rollright uses its collective power to raise awareness of the threats to the globe and that we all share responsibility for protecting our precious environment and the many forms of life in it. We learn that, as agents of change, each of us can plant small seeds that grow as the Bible teaches us.
Courageous advocacy can be a deeply educational and empowering experience involving decision making, reflection and critical thinking- skills which continue to develop as children get older. In practical terms, the steps might look like this –
- Identify a problem or issue you care about
- Investigate as much as you can so you understand and have considered all views
- Work out what can be done to change or improve it
- Identify the people with influence to make those changes
- Consider who might help you to make your voice more persuasive
- Persuade those in power to make changes
Examples of our words in action
Food Bank Collection
Library twinning project in Uganda
Christmas Jumper Day fundraiser
Salvation Army Christmas toys appeal