PUPILS of Chester Catholic High have been learning about issues surrounding gold mining from an exhibition held at the school.
The display, entitled Pure Gold, was part of the CAFOD (Catholic Agency For Overseas Development) national campaign to raise awareness about the environmental and social effects of gold mining on local communities in developing countries.
The exhibition was organised by Sue Bownas, CAFOD’s regional organiser, who is based in Chester.
“The message was that gold is a luxury for a few but causes poverty and injustice for many,” said Sue.
“The schoolchildren who came to the exhibition were brilliant. They seemed committed and interested.
“The display shows gold mining is a global problem, focusing on three countries from different continents: the Republic of Congo in Africa, Honduras in Central America, and the Philippines in Asia.
“It contrasts images of gold being used in jewellery, computers and watches with pictures of people having to move away from their land who have lived there for generations.
“The Catholic High School offered us the use of their new sixth form building to hold the exhibition, which was a fabulous space.”
John McCann, deputy head at the school, said: “The exhibition tied in with the Year 11’s religious education course, but also formed part of a programme for pupils about raising awareness of a number of global issues.”
Pupils from other years also visited the exhibition, which was also open to Catholic primary schools in the area and to the general public.