Saint Ignatius of Loyola believed strongly that our faith must translate into working for justice. He believed that there can be no true expression of faith where concerns for justice and human dignity are lacking. Social justice is at the heart of Ignatian spirituality. Social justice tells us that, when people are suffering hardship and oppression, their business is our business. Social justice also calls us to open our eyes to the needs of others who may be suffering due to the way we are living our lives and to respond accordingly.1 It calls us to be faithful, to be trustworthy, to be compassionate and to stand up against injustices we see in the world around us.
How then do we better understand Social Justice and teach this to our students?
Some Global Citizenship experts from the Educate Magis community have developed an online course on Global Citizenship. This course looks at different themes within Global Citizenship, and how we can teach these themes in our classrooms to help our students become citizens of the world.
One of the modules within the course focusses on Social Justice. It specifically looks at the topics of Poverty, Forced Migration and Peace and Reconciliation through a series of texts, videos, case studies and reflections.
The module, developed using the IPP, as well as introducing us to the topic of Social Justice within Global Citizenship Education provides us with lesson plans which can be used to teach these topics to our students.
We invite you and your colleagues to take this module as part of a 5-module course. You can take the modules consecutively, from 1 to 5 or pick out single modules which you find particularly interesting.
The course is free, you just need to log in to Educate Magis to enrol and access it!
We are defined as persons above all by our values, by the habitual moral choices we make. Jesuit education is essentially value-oriented. Jesuit pupils are to be men and women of conscience, able and willing to stand up and be counted in the name of the truth, prepared to use their skills of self-expression and advocacy for those who may have no voice, and committed to choosing the path that is right, not the one that is merely popular or fashionable. This approach to education includes growth in realistic knowledge, love and acceptance of ourselves and an understanding of the world we live in, the conflicting forces and values which operate in human society, and the unjust structures produced by sin, in which we can all be complicit and which diminish human lives”. Characteristics of Jesuit Education by Bruce Bradley, 2003