CAFOD lands a major award for innovative El Salvador campaign
The Catholic aid agency CAFOD has come ahead of some of the country’s top publishing houses to win a prestigious award from the Geographical Association.
The charity, which received a Silver Award for its Key Stage 2 El Salvador Geography Education Pack, was up against Harpercollins and Oxford University Press, among other organisations.
The Geographical Association Publishers’ Awards aim to recognise material which will make a significant contribution to geography in schools or colleges.
The resource pack, which was among the first to support a new geography curriculum launched in 2014, is presented through the eyes of four children living in different areas of El Salvador. It uses stories, photographs and films to give an insight into the many geographical challenges faced by El Salvadoran communities.
One of the children featured in the pack, Karen, 10 (pictured), from Guarjila, loves to grow plants. “Sometimes there is no water for three or four days in the dry season,” she said. “Plants are living beings and I feel really sad when I can’t give them any water and they die.”
The pack enables teachers to meet the core requirement for pupils to extend their geographical knowledge and understanding to include North, Central and South America, and to add a global dimension to other subjects across the curriculum.
CAFOD’s head of education, Monica Conmee, said: “We’re absolutely delighted to have won this very special award which recognises the importance of producing school resources that engage children in innovative and fun ways. The materials and classroom activities were designed to encourage students to ask questions and explore the similarities and differences between their lives and the lives of children growing up in El Salvador.
“It’s wonderful to know that children across England and Wales have been enjoying learning about the different ways CAFOD’s partners are working alongside communities in El Salvador, and that the resource is proving to be a valuable teaching aid.”