The Edmund Rice Network in England is committed to working with Edmund Rice International in Geneva as an NGO within the United Nations, lobbying governments and international agencies on issues of justice and human rights.
The ‘Essential Elements’ of Edmund Rice education include:
The hope is for an Edmund Rice International group in each of our schools, supporting the current campaigns co-ordinated in Geneva, and providing opportunities for pupils to be ‘doers for justice’, agents of change. Participation raises awareness of systemic injustice and provides opportunities for practical involvement, immersion, and active citizenship.
School groups put pen to paper campaigning for medication for children born with HIV Aids
To make a difference through writing letters to Heads of state, MP’s, Ministers for health and overseas development, Aid agencies, Newspapers and Pharaceutical companies.
Edmund Rice International offers ‘ACTING JUSTLY’, an attractive on-line course on ADVOCACY available to students in our schools.
The Edmund Rice Network in Manchester, working with Edmund Rice International in Geneva, has co-ordinated a coalition of refugee support groups to produce a submission to the UN Human Rights Council for the 2012 UK Universal Periodic Review
The submission addresses the UK government’s use of enforced destitution as a deliberate instrument of public policy in the treatment of asylum-seekers.
ERI Director Geneva
O God, we thank you for the life of Edmund Rice.
He opened his heart to Christ present in those oppressed by poverty and injustice.
May we follow his example of faith and generosity.
Grant us the courage and compassion of Edmund as we seek to live lives of love and service.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.