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 2019 is inspired by a quote from Pope Francis: 'Living our lives with love.' We are called to live our lives with genuine love - for others and for God.

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 in Schools

Social Justice Week 2019 runs from September 8-14 and focuses on the topic of fairness.

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.


The theme for this year’s SINGout4JUSTICE song writing competition is 'Home for Good' linking in with the Caritas 2019 resource focus of South Sudan and the issue of displacement and the challenges faced by millions around the world who have no home.

Well done to all the students who entered their amazing compositions this year. More than 80 students participated and have impressed the judges with their talents. 


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