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.

Inspiration & action

At Caritas we are working for a world that is free of poverty and injustice. We hope that teachers and students alike can use this page to be inspired and reflect on ways that they can take action to help the most vulnerable in our world who are experiencing poverty and injustice.

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 partcipated in Justice Leadership Days this year and made them such a great success. We are already planning Justice Leadership Days for 2017, and we look forward to meeting more future social justice leaders next year!!

Lent in schools

Our Lenten theme for 2016 is Hear the cry of the earth and the poor inspired by Pope Francis’ words in the encyclical Laudato Si’.


A big thank you to all the students who entered the SINGout4JUSTICE song writing competition! You are the voices 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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