What is The Oscar Romero Award for Schools and Colleges?

Many young people in our Catholic schools and colleges aspire and desire to make a difference to their world and feel that their lives have a purpose. These young people have a very strong sense of justice and fairness and are constantly seeking to be supported and encouraged in their effort to bring about a fairer society that recognises the human rights of all. Pope Francis has called on all Catholic communities to become places where "faith illumines life and society". As Catholic schools, we recognise this as our commitment to Catholic Social Teaching because our faith demands that we stand up for justice.

The Oscar Romero Award will support your school in realising and living this unique calling of a Catholic school to empower young people and all who work in the school, to become true agents of the change they want to see in the world by putting their faith into action.

"Their belief in the value of each individual leads Catholic schools and colleges to have the duty to care for the poor… Service to those who are amongst the most disadvantaged in our society has always been central to the mission of Catholic education." Bishops statement on Catholic education in England and Wales September 2014