Wholeschool Portal | Home 15 November 2018
 Global Perspective


St Mary's African School Project - Our Global Partner in Education


In developing our global outreach, St Mary’s is actively working with Fr Donall O’Cathain SMA to support the development of education in Africa. 
As a Rights Respecting School, St. Mary’s is keen to improve the life opportunities of children in developing countries by supporting quality education.



                                                     Zambian Street Children


One of the global charities that St Mary’s supports each year is the ‘Friends of the Street Children’. This is a non- government organisation based in Kitwe, Zambia which is totally reliant on voluntary donations. A Newry based Social Worker, Barry Traynor has been working with this charity for many years. Every two years Barry travels to Zambia and works with the charity, helping some of the poorest children in Africa.


St Mary's is very proud to support the Friends of Africa project for street children in Kitwe Zambia. Local social worker Barry Traynor spent most of January working at the shelter and he brought us gifts from the children and the project teacher Meya.


The beautiful art work and pictures and hand made gifts remind us of how valuable our support is to the project which provides shelter, education and health care to children who have no family members left. Thanks to all the parents, pupils and friends of St Mary's who support our fundraising for this very worthwhile cause.


   Celebrating Fairtrade

On Wednesday 8th March, to celebrate “Fairtrade Fortnight” and “International Women’s Day” Year 10 were treated to a talk from Graeme Finnegan from Grounded Espresso Bars, Newry. He gave a very informative talk on ethical fair trade practices. 
With Fairtrade you have the power to change the world every day. With simple shopping choices you can get farmers a better deal. And that means they can make their own decisions, control their futures and lead the dignified life everyone deserves. Fairtrade is about better prices, decent working conditions and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers. It’s about supporting the development of thriving farming and worker communities that have more control over their futures and protecting the environment in which they live and work.