Transition Year students in Clonmel High School have taken on a project called Pamoja Kwa Haki, which means Together for Rights. It's about young people who are concerned and passionate about human rights, poverty and global justice. Trócaire developed this project as they felt it makes students more aware of Third World poverty and encourages them to take action and try to stop it.
This year the TY's focus country is Honduras. Trocaire gave each student in the class a workbook, which they have used to research poverty in detail. Trcaire also provided a training day for the students, which took place in Ballykisteen Hotel in Tipperary.
Four students from the High School attended - Joseph Lyttleton, Padraic Looram, Liam Donnelly and Rob Flynn. Padraic and Rob had the following to say about the training day -
"On 9th November we travelled with Ms. Kenny to Ballykisteen Hotel to take part in the Trcaire training day. We had the privilege of listening to the adventures of Gary Moore, who has travelled all over the world and is currently working on advertising for Trcaire. Many other school also attended.
Our first activity was called the mingle game, where the students met each other.
The guest speaker who we found most interesting was John. He recently travelled to Honduras on one of Trocaire's trips. He found it an amazing and rewarding experience. He was situated in a small town called La Confianza. This village was run by gangs and so the community lived in fear. Some women gave an account of having to tie their children to the bed when they went to work for fear of their safety. However with the help of Trcaire they managed to establish a real community, where they all worked together to help one another.
They founded a small school, which is overcrowded, but it is a stepping stone towards greater things. All the houses were made of wood or were just tents. One woman was living in a small wooden house but the people are very courageous and strong and they do not complain.
After lunch there was another activity that involved thinking up of ways to explain and promote Trcaire in primary schools. We were each given a picture and we had to try and explain it like we would to a child using pictures, colours and props.
The day was an amazing experience and we all learned so much. We feel we really benefited from it and reported back to our class.
Our main focus this year is on Land and Community in Honduras. We have also focused on its many problems such as crime, health care and land.
We as a class of Transition Years have really benefited from doing the Pamoja Project. We have become more aware of poverty and now realise how lucky we actually are and how much we have.
This year Trcaire has invited a teacher in our school to take part in the Teacher study visit to Kenya in February. This is an amazing opportunity to experience first hand the projects that are the backbone behind Trcaire's work. We wish Miss Kenny the best of luck in Kenya.
- By Padraic Looram, Liam Donnelly, Joseph Lyttleton and Rob Flynn.