Jo Walker is a teacher at St Anthony’s primary school, and this term her pupils have been learning about renewable energy and writing messages as part of the Power to be campaign.
Solar energy allows children like Veronica to have a good education so they do well at school and to do well in the future. Please help all children to have the power to be the best person they want to be. Solar power is healthy for the earth and can help fulfill dreams – St Anthony’s pupil
We introduced CAFOD’s Power to be campaign with our Year 5 children and it was a huge success! The children were engaged throughout and were really affected by the content. They found the story of Veronica so moving, learning how solar energy has transformed the life of her community, helping more children study, and being able to compare her daily life with their own provided them with a really powerful stimulus for the activities, and children wrote hopeful messages to Veronica.
Dear Veronica, I am so happy to hear you have got solar energy and that now you can go through with your goal to becoming a politician. I think you are a great role model because you are very brave. We are asking the World Bank to do more to help you. WE LOVE YOU. POWER TO BE. – St Anthony’s pupil
The children really enjoyed thinking of messages that they could send to the World Bank to call for access to local, safe and renewable energy to tackle poverty, and it gave them such an amazing sense of empowerment that they could make a difference individually, even with a worldwide problem. It was heart-warming to see the children take such an interest in issues like renewable energy and they learnt such a lot from it.
Dear World Bank. Build a brighter future for every child in the world. – St Anthony’s pupil
Dear World Bank. I hope you make the right choice and switch to green energy. It will change lives of so many people. Please choose green energy. You can do it! – St Anthony’s pupil
I may be a kid but I speak for the world. We must use renewable solar energy because it is good for the environment. – St Anthony’s pupil
It was inspiring to see that children, who have so much themselves, were so concerned about caring for others and the world we live in. The display that resulted from this campaign has pride of place by the entrance to our school and the Year 5 children are often heard explaining the issues to the other children in the school, talking passionately and with such knowledge about the issues involved. I cannot recommend this campaign highly enough.