CJC students learn about advocacy planning at workshop
CJC students conducting a stakeholder analysis at the workshop conducted by Caritas.
About 40 Catholic Junior College (CJC) students learnt more about the Church’s role in helping the poor and needy during a workshop conducted by Caritas Singapore on May 30.
The students were among a larger group of 88 CJC students attending the college’s three-day-one-night Ignite Residential Programme which aimed to expose them to an authentic service learning experience.
The programme, held in University Town (UTown) at the National University of Singapore, also saw the students making rojak with the elderly from Ling Kwang Home for Senior Citizens, and visiting Assumption Pathway School and the Singapore Association of the Visually Handicapped.
During the advocacy and research workshop conducted by Caritas, students learnt about advocacy planning and conducted their own stakeholder analysis of key groups involved in the issue of workplace discrimination faced by people with disabilities.
Ms Tiffany Tham and Ms Jorain Ng who conducted the workshop spoke of Caritas’ social mission to bring God’s love to the vulnerable. Participants also learnt about Caritas’ initiative, Agape Village, the one-stop integrated social service hub at Toa Payoh.
“I am now aware of Agape Village and that they cater to people who have multiple issues,” said student Wang Hao Min, 16. “If I meet people in crisis, I will refer them there,” said the JC1 science stream student.
Ms Ng said that the workshop was part of Caritas’ outreach to young people to equip them with knowledge of the “Church’s active role in helping the poor and needy. It is also to inspire them to continue to have a preferential option for the poor when they rise to leadership position in their various chosen fields.”
Ms Renee Chong, the main organiser for the event and Head of Department (Integrated Curriculum) at CJC, said she hoped the school programme will help students acquire critical thinking skills such as “analysing different perspectives, challenging assumptions, understanding relations across the different layers of societal structure in real-life context, as well as inculcate social awareness and empathy for others”.