boy writing at school

A student writes on the blackboard in the secondary school in Matara, a remote community in South Sudan's Eastern Equatoria State. The school is sponsored by the Holy Trinity Peace Village in nearby Kuron. The region has been plagued by cattle raiding and child abduction in recent years. The Catholic Church-sponsored Holy Trinity Peace Village has worked for years to foster reconciliation and peace between the region's pastoralist communities. Bringing youth from different tribes together in a common learning environment is seen as an important tool in building relationships that will contribute to peace. The Peace Village is supported by Norwegian Church Aid, a member of the ACT Alliance.


A joint statement reads: “…COVID-19 pandemic has magnified the existing economic disparities and also shown how inequalities violate the rights of many children. While some children have access to online education, millions of students, their parents and teachers, are digitally illiterate and lack access to digital devices and internet connections and are thus deprived of online education.”

According to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization(UNESCO), as of mid-October 2021, around the world there were 58.7 million affected students.

We call on all persons of faith and goodwill and faith communities to take urgent action so that schools and educators are prepared to create learning environments that are sensitive to the social, emotional, and the spiritual needs and concerns identified by children and youth, while also responding to the changing realities and uncertainties of the COVID-19 pandemic," reads the statement.

The WCC has also called for school curricula to teach about climate change and existing solutions in school, and to secure access to school supplies which are climate-responsible and eco-certified.

These child-focused climate justice initiatives reflect the ChurchesCommitments to Children, a WCC partnership with UNICEF created in 2015 that has resulted in an action plan developed with churches, child rights experts and children themselves.

Read the full document here 

Information on the World Day of Prayer and Action for Children 

WCCs Engagement for Children