Religious Assembly about Missions

On Friday 23rd October 2015, Grade 6 Mr Spiteri’s class, conducted a special assembly about missions. Sr Marianne Farrugia, who works in the Philippines, came over to school to speak to our pupils about her work with the poor.

The following script was read out by the pupils to the whole school:

Good morning and welcome to Class 6s Mr Spiteri Mission Assembly. Let us together make the sign of the cross.

Two very important things that we are very used to are education and water. In Malta we come to school regularly and are able to receive a proper education. We also have running water in our homes.

School is important because we learn things that will help us when we grow older. But many children around the world do not have the opportunity to go to school.

But this is not the same everywhere in the world. Let us start by thinking a little bit about school.

This boy is called Joe. He lives in London. He walks to school every day and part of his journey is through the park. It is safe to walk to school through the park in London. Do you walk to school?

Please put up your hand if you walk to school. How long you’re your journey take?(Ask someone: How long does it take you to walk to school?)

Let us now see some other children in the world:

This is Erik and he is eleven years old. He lives in Honduras in Latin America. He likes to go to school and when he grows up he wants to be a mechanic. It takes him 10 minutes to walk to school.

When he is not at school he looks after his cow and also of the fish in the fish tank. Erik’s family must grow animals in their place to have something to eat.

These two girls are sisters. Amira is the oldest and is 10 years old. Her sister Ekram is 8. They are from South Sudan. A few years ago their school had to close because there was fighting.

Now it is safe again for them to travel to school. They are happier. It takes them half an hour (30 minutes) to walk to school but they don’t mind. They are happy that they can learn.

Until a few years ago, only boys were allowed to go to school. Now many girls go to school in South Sudan. They learn English at school and speak Arabic at home.

This is Ganggang. She is twelve years old and lives in the Philippines, which is a country in Asia. Ganggang has a very long journey to school everyday. She walks for two and a half hours to get there. She leaves at 7 am and gets to school after nine. A group of children walk together with Ganggang but it is very tiring.

In spite of this, Ganggang and her friends like school. Ganggang would like to be a teacher when she grows up. Maths is her favourite subject.

After walking back, at home, Ganggang helps her family by washing the clothes and fetching water from the well. She also finds some time to play tag with her friends who live next door.

Erik in Honduras, Amira and Ekram in South Sudan and Ganggang in the Philippines are all able to go to school. But some children can’t go to school.

There are places where children can’t go to school because of wars. In other places it is too far for them because they live in villages in a forest. In Zambia there are places where rivers become very full during the rainy season and it is not safe for children to cross.

CAFOD is an English Catholic organisation which works in mission areas. They arranged with a radio station to have lessons broadcast on the radio for children who cannot go to school.

Now let us talk a little bit about water:
As we know water is very important in our life.

Here are some facts about water:
75% of the earth’s surface is covered in water. That is three-quarters of all the earth’s surface.

About 97% of the water on earth is salt water. So only 3% of the earth’s water is fit for human use called freshwater. Also, we can’t use most of the freshwater because it is out of our reach, locked into polar snow or ice.

Our human body is made up of 70% water.

We should drink about 8 glasses of water every day.

Although a person can live without food for more than a month, a person can only live without water for about one week.

Now the next few fact is really important:
More than 1 billion people do not have access to safe, clean drinking water.

The recommended basic water requirement per person per day is 50 litres. That’s for drinking, cooking and keeping clean and healthy.

In Malta we use about 135 litres of water each of us each day. This includes different uses. 7 litres are used for drinking and cooking. However, 32 litres are used for flushing everyday by every person in Malta.

Now we need to compare this to other countries around the world. In Kenya the average usage of water per person per day is 41 litres. In the United States of America it is 595 litres! That’s nearly 600 litres of water each person every day.

Moreover, in Ethopia a person use about ONLY 5 litres of water a day. That is less water than we use for toilet flushing!

Water has many uses but access to clean water have great advantages such as people are more healthy, babies do not catch diarrhoea and food crops can be watered. And when people are healthy, they can work, go to school and look after their crops and animals!

To help people who do not have access to clean water we can do some things. First of all we should not waste water – we should turn the tap off when cleaning our teeth, we should have showers instead of baths and use water sensibly.

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