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What is the Pedro Arrupe Award?

The Pedro Arrupe Award is a project on refugees organised by JRS Europe across the jesuit schools in Europe. The Jesuit Refugee Service is an international organisation with a mission to accompany, serve and defend the rights of refugees and forcibly displaced people

JRS Europe aims to encourage the dissemination of better information and to create a fairer perception of the situation faced by asylum seekers and refugees in Europe. In this sense the project is targeting the young population, who are usually more open to change their opinions and to take in new concepts. By organising and Award at European level, JRS aims to promote dissemination of information on refugees and asylum seekers among the pupils of the Jesuit network schools in Europe.

The Pedro Arrupe award includes educational material on the refugee issue, to be taught in schools throughout Europe, as well as activities aimed at developing and deepening the subject matter which will be adapted to the curricula and the ages of the students. Based on this knowledge, the pupils will be asked to produce a team project, in order to participate in the award. The best projects will be selected, first at regional level and later at European level. A price-giving ceremony will be organised in Brussels.

According to the main objective of the project, the prizes are two trips to visit refugee camps in Macedonia and Slovenia


How can I support my child?

The Pedro Arrupe Award aims to raise awareness on the refugee situation among the students. It is hoped that the project will encourage them to take an active interest in this field throughout their lives.

Parents are key to encouraging young people to become involved and take interest in these issues. As you usually do, you can support the political awareness of your children by discussing contemporary issues with them or by listening or watching the news together.

During the award your child will be involved in a project production. There is a wide range of possible activities your child could choose from. Your child may need your help in completing surveys or finding information

Why the Jesuit Refugee Service is producing this web-site?

Since its foundation in 1980, the Jesuit Refugee Service has been mandated to accompany, serve and defend the rights of refugees and forcibly displaced people. JRS Europe wants to encourage people to act for a better world.
Through this website JRS-E is concerned with enabling students to become responsible citizens with an understanding of human rights and refugee issues.

Last Updated ( Friday, 12 September 2008 14:10 )

Promotional Material

Promotional material for your schools is now available for the 2010/2011 editon of the Pedro Arrupe Award.

If you wish to download printable versions of the 2010/2011 brochure for schools, please follow the links below...

Brochure English
Brochure French
Brochure Spanish
Brochure Dutch

CORRIGENDUM: The foreseen trip for the under 19 years old students to Macedonia, will be replaced by a trip to Malta

Follow these links to see the Pedro Arrupe Award Website in your language (ENGLISH, SPANISH, FRENCH)

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The poster for the Pedro Arrupe Award 2010/2011. Click here to download a printable version to display in your school.