The Catholic Agency for Justice, Peace and Development


The Caritas social justice schools team promotes awareness and increases understanding of social justice issues through the lens of Catholic social teaching by providing primary and secondary schools with a range of curriculum-based resources, supported by school visits and events. Find out more about each of these here and download our free resources.

What is social justice?

Social justice is the promotion of just societies and treatment of individuals and communities based on the belief that we each possess an innate human dignity.

Schools' resources

Caritas produces a variety of high quality resources for both primary and secondary schools each year, particularly for Lent and Social Justice Week.

Caritas Challenge

The Caritas Challenge is an annual event for schools and youth groups around New Zealand to demonstrate solidarity with those living with poverty or injustice.

Lent in schools

The theme for Lent 2017 comes from Psalm 27: ‘Your face, Lord, do I seek’. This phrase reminds us that when we encounter our brothers and sisters, wherever they may live, we encounter the face of Christ.

Justice Leadership Days

Thank you to all the students and teachers that participated in Justice Leadership Days in 2017 and made them such a great success. We are looking forward to next year and meeting more future social justice leaders!


Now is the time to start planning for the SINGout4JUSTICE 2017 song writing competition. Students from Y7-13 can enter for a chance to be the voice of justice and peace.

Mufti Mania

Each year since 2007 the New Zealand Catholic Primary Principals' Association (NZCPPA) have partnered with Caritas to run a Mufti Mania day to build solidarity through raising money for poor and vulnerable communities.

Social Justice Week in schools

Social Justice Week 2016 ran from 11-17 September and the theme was migration.

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