Edmund Rice International

‘Edmund Rice International’ is an NGO within the United Nations in Geneva that lobbies governments and international agencies on issues of justice and human rights. The NGO was established in 2008 and has a number of success stories in recent times including persuading the country of St Lucia to adapt its criminal justice system.

There are seven Edmund Rice secondary schools in England and each school has an ‘Edmund Rice International Group’ (often abbreviated simply to ‘ERI’) open to all Sixth Form students and led by a Teacher. These groups support the current campaigns co-ordinated in Geneva and provide opportunities for Sixth Formers to be ‘doers for justice’ and agents of change.

Two members of the ERI group are annually elected as ‘Youth Ambassadors’ and travel to Geneva each January, along with all other Edmund Rice secondary schools’ Youth Ambassadors and Lead Teachers, to have a first-hand experience of the work that is undertaken by ERI at the UN. On returning to school the Youth Ambassadors disseminate their experiences to the rest of the ERI group as well as begin work with younger students to further the work in Advocacy and Human Rights that is being done.

So far this academic year the ERI Group at St Ambrose College has:

·         Written to MPs and Bishops to raise the issue of persecution of Christians in Syria

·         Worked with St Ambrose Prep School in collecting clothing for Asylum Seekers

·         Arranged for Mike Kane, a Catholic, Labour MP to visit the College

·         Coordinated a food collection for the Wythenshawe Food Bank Hub

·         Engaged in the ERI & Caritas letter writing campaign for children born with HIV

·         Studied an ‘Advocacy’ course delivered by the ER Youth Development Coordinator

·         Arranged for a First Class Relic of Blessed Edmund Rice to be fitted in the Chapel

·         Regularly sent a student to work with Miss Water’s Edmund Rice Group at the Prep

·         Helped with an appeal for Our Lady of Lourdes RC Primary School in Partington

If you are interested in joining the ERI group at St Ambrose College please see Mr Krause; the group meets every Monday in the Conference Room at 12:40hrs.  

ERI Youth Ambassadors for 2016: Shane Fox and Maximilian Ashton. 

click here to view letter from MP David Mowat 2016

click here to view Press Release for the Blessed Edmund Rice Relic 2016