The Edmund Rice Centre has identified three priority areas of focus:
- Indigenous Peoples and Reconciliation
- Refugees and Asylum Seekers
- The impact of climate change, especially on our neighbours in the Pacific
In each of our program areas we:
- Raise awareness about the causes of poverty and injustice and the need for human rights to be respected and advanced
- Advocate for the needs of groups who are systematically excluded locally and globally
- Promote social action that engages people in the work for social change
The Centre offers individuals and groups experiential learning opportunities and assists in the development of skills and strategies for effective social change.
We have developed partnerships with marginalised groups and those involved in human rights, peace and reconciliation processes in the Middle East, Africa, Sri Lanka, India, Afghanistan, Malaysia, Europe and South America.
The Edmund Rice Centre conducts a number of programs with four distinct characteristics - research, community education, advocacy and partnerships.
In each program we ensure our work:
- Begins with a concrete and shared experience that jolts and is based in the real lived experience of people
- Is consolidated by analysis of the causes of injustice
- Is grounded by reflection in the light of theology and faith
- Involves informed action for justice.
The Edmund Rice Centre for Justice and Community Education exists to challenge popular beliefs and dominant cultural values, to ask the difficult questions, to look at life from the standpoint of the minority, the victim, the outcast and the stranger.
The Centre was established in 1996 - the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty.
What is our focus?
The Centre's work focuses on:
- Indigenous people in Australia and overseas;
- Refugees and asylum seekers in Australia and internationally;
- Pacific peoples affected by climate change
We believe that people can change their world.
We want to help enable people to change the world through education that begins with awareness raising and ultimately inspires advocacy and social action.
For the Edmund Rice Centre, community education is fundamental to:
- Understanding the shape and nature of our unequal world
- Interacting with that world; and
- Imagining and shaping a different world.
We believe that when people are inspired by choice, capacity and motivation, they are in a position to act for change in their world: