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. We provide primary and secondary schools with a range of curriculum-based resources, which are supported by school visits and events. Find out more about each of these here and download our free resources. 

Lent in schools

The theme for Lent 2018 is inspired by a quote from Suzanne Aubert:‘Let us go together’. We are personally called to go on a journey - with each other and with God. In the course of the journey we are changed and we change the world around us.

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.

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 meeting more future social justice leaders in 2018!

School resources

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

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.

Mufti Mania

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

Social Justice Week in schools

Social Justice Week 2017 ran from 10-16 September, we invited our Catholic school communities to take up Pope Francis’ challenge to ‘weave bonds of belonging’ within our schools, our whānau, and within the wider communities to which our schools belong.


Many thanks to all of the students who entered the SINGout4JUSTICE song writing competition this year. More than 100 students participated and impressed the judges with their creativity and musical talent.

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