Edmund Rice Advocacy

St Edward’s College is one of seven Edmund Rice secondary schools in England. Each school has an Edmund Rice Advocacy group open to all Sixth Form students. The group supports the current campaigns co-ordinated by ‘Edmund Rice International’ an NGO within the United Nations in Geneva that lobbies governments and international agencies on issues of justice and human rights.

The group provides opportunities for Sixth Formers to be ‘doers for justice’ and agents of change.

Two members of the ERI group are annually elected as ‘Youth Ambassadors’ and travel to Geneva each January, along with all other Edmund Rice secondary schools’ Youth Ambassadors and Lead Teachers, to have a first-hand experience of the work that is undertaken by ERI at the UN. On returning to school the Youth Ambassadors disseminate their experiences to the rest of the ERI group as well as begin work with Lower Sixth students and pupils to further the work in Advocacy and Human Rights that is being done.

Many of the activities undertaken by the College’s Advocacy group involve trying to make a difference to people’s lives on a local level. The group spearhead a number of initiatives across the academic year including collecting clothing for local asylum seekers, donating goods to the North Liverpool Foodbank, ‘Shoeboxes full of love’ for the homeless at Christmas, holding cake sales and various fundraising activities for local residential home for disabled adults, Mayfield Court. The group regularly visit residents of the care home during their Wednesday afternoon Enrichment session.

Our Edmund Rice Ambassadors for the academic year 2017/2018 are Jade H and Molly P.