There’s still time to enter the Columban schools media competition 2021 – but with just under a month to go before the competition closes on 20th February, you will have to get a move on producing your writing and image entries.
This year the theme is ‘Let’s Create A World Without Racism’ and it is open to students aged 14-18 years old. All details can be found on: www.columbancompetition.com.
Entries have already been received from schools the length and breadth of the country – from St Thomas More in Nuneaton to St Gregory’s Oxford to Worth School in West Sussex. So far, the Columbans have received roughly the same number of articles and images.
Winners will be announced on 15th March 2021 and there are cash prizes of £300 for winning written and image entries. Two separate competitions will be judged, one for students in Ireland and one in Britain and high-profile judges from the world of journalism have been secured.
The theme is very relevant in the lead up to Racial Justice Sunday on 31st January.
Reflecting on a year that saw a global pandemic disproportionately impact on ethnic minority groups and a series of mass protests in the US in response to high profile killings such as that of George Floyd, the lead Bishop for Racial Justice, Bishop Paul McAleenan, says: “It’s not enough to simply denounce racism. This is a time to act.”
Bishop McAleenan echoes the words of Pope Francis pointing out that instances of racism continue to shame us and show that “our supposed social progress is not as real or definitive as we think.”
He adds: “Racism is a sin and a violation of human dignity in which we are all complicit. As Catholics we need to acknowledge and confront our own failings – as individuals and as a Church.
“Every single one of our parishes, schools and organisations has a responsibility to actively practise anti-racism in all aspects of our mission.
“We need to address the lack of visible diversity at every level, so that people can see themselves, their race, their culture and their history in the Church’s life.”