Power to be: schools have the power!

28 June 2017

Find out why renewable energy can help tackle poverty.

Find out why renewable energy can help tackle poverty.

What are your hopes for the future?

Santos wants to be a doctor in Bolivia. Veronica in Kenya dreams of being a politician. Manuel wants to care for the environment in the Philippines.

Every child has the power in them to achieve great things. But without the simple things that everyone needs to live well – such as medical help when they are sick, or electricity to study after dark – many children can’t even begin to achieve their potential.

Join our Power to be campaign

By taking action together we can send a message to the World Bank to support local, renewable energy so that children everywhere have the power to achieve great things and lift themselves out of poverty.

Here are some ways you can involve children and young people in the campaign: Download our school guide as a starter, and check out these top ideas:

Run a session

Writing messages to the World Bank

Children write messages to the World Bank about the importance of renewable energy.

Use this PowerPoint in class, or share this film to explore how solar energy has transformed the life of Veronica and her community in Kenya. Follow this up using our session for children and young people to explore the issues in more depth.

Invite a CAFOD volunteer to your school

Children take part in our new Power to be campaign.

Children take part in our Power to be campaign

Did you know our team of trained CAFOD volunteers can run workshops and assemblies on the Power to be campaign? Contact schools@cafod.org.ukto find out more.

Make a giant sun

Join our new Power to be campaign.

Join our new Power to be campaign. 

Using coloured paper, write ‘Power to be’ on a big cut-out circle for the centre. Cut out smaller triangles for the sun’s rays and hand one to every member of your group, asking each group member to write something on their ray: either a message to the World Bank or Veronica, a promise to save energy, or a prayer for children to have access to electricity and reach their potential.

Share your stories

CAFOD climate champions with power to be sun

CAFOD's climate champions are supporting our Power to be campaign for renewable energy 

Joining together will make our message to the World Bank even stronger. Remember to share your photos with us on Twitter and Instagram by tagging @CAFOD, and email your photos and stories and return forms to schools@cafod.org.uk

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