The Catholic Agency for Justice, Peace and Development


The Caritas education 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 2020 is Renewed by the Spirit. Pope Francis challenges us all to be transformed and renewed by the Spirit so that we can follow the path of love. When we do this we become God’s ambassadors on Earth.

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 2019 and made them such a great success. We are looking forward to meeting more future social justice leaders in 2020!


Social Justice Week

Social Justice Week 2020 runs from September 6-12 and focuses on Catholic social teaching principles.

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. 


The SINGout4JUSTICE song writing competition has showcased some of the brightest musical talent in New Zealand for more than a decade.



KAITIAKI2SHARE is a new competition in 2020 encouraging students of all ages to send in great ideas for how we can all care for creation (people and the environment).

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.

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