A LIFE FOCUSED Education
NEEDS a LIFE FOCUSED classroom
"In a world where the shadows of poverty, injustice, and secularism are
cast over every continent, the need for authentic disciples of Jesus Christ
remains as urgent as ever."
- Pope John Paul II , March 23, 2004
EcoJustice: EcoJustice is a grade 8 environmental, adventure program housed out of Saint Edward School.
The term EcoJustice is an approach that analyzes the
increasing destruction of the world's diverse ecosystems, languages and cultures by the
globalizing and ethnocentric forces of Western consumer culture. EcoJustice scholars and
educators also study, support and teach about the ways that various cultures around
the world actively resist these colonizing forces by protecting and revitalizing
their commons that is the social practices and traditions, languages,
and relationships with the land necessary to the sustainability of their communities.
EcoJustice is based on St. Francis of Assisi's system of beliefs.
He believed in simplicity, poverty and relied on God's providence rather than worldly goods.
In EcoJustice, students become aware of important global issues and actively pursue local social justice causes.
Our program, through real life connections with
the community and environment will develop students intellectually, socially,
physically and spiritually while also enhancing their self-esteem and citizenship
skills. This program's relevant and engaging experiential learning helps students to
truly understand and critically evaluate real community issues that affect us all
individually, provincially and globally as Canadians and Catholics. It is our hope that through the many experiences within the program, true disciples emerge.