The Faculty of Theology and Philosophy is delighted to be offering the following opportunity to travel to the Philippines in 2018:
Philippines Catholic Education and Social Justice Study Tour
29 September to 7 October 2018
The study-trip is aimed at increasing the participants' knowledge and understanding of the character and role of education, particularly in Catholic schools, in a developing Asian country. It is a glimpse at "theology from the heart of the people" and how religion could be practised as well as understood as a "sigh of the oppressed." Of particular interest is how social inequities that are rooted in culture, history, geography, politics, and economics influence education.
During the tour the group visits a variety of schools - experiencing the affluence of a Catholic school in the nation's capital and visiting struggling Catholic and public schools in rural parts of the country. We also visit Smokey Mountain (slums tour) and the Tuloy sa Don Bosco school for street children.
The role of history and culture is considered - both colonial legacies as well as (folk) Catholicism in the Philippines, as expressed in key places, shrines, and churches, including a church on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
This experience has significantly broadened my own understanding of what it is to be Catholic and I left the Philippines with an overriding desire to live my faith more fully while wondering how I could share this understanding in a way that would influence not only my students but the greater Parish community.
Sandra Freeman, Master of Religious Education, Catholic Education and Social Justice Tour, September 2014