Fair Trade Schools
Primary school students around the country will get the chance to find out more about Fairtrade from Colombian coffee growers, when they help launch a new resource pack: ‘Co-operate for Change! Fairtrade in Your School’ during Fairtrade Fortnight 2009.
The pack, produced by the Co-operative College, and supported by the Enterprise Network and The Co-operative Group, contains classroom activities to introduce primary school pupils to Fairtrade. It also offers lots of enterprising ideas for promoting fair and ethical trade such as setting up a ‘Young Co-operative’.
Schools around the country have been invited to a series of launch events for the pack where they will be joined by Rosa Helena Lopez De Soto and Jose Manuel Ocampo Lopez, both coffee farmers from Colombia who provide beans for the Fairtrade coffee sold in Co-operative food stores across the UK.
Students who attend the events will have the opportunity to talk to Rosa and Jose about the challenges of coffee farming and the benefits which Fairtrade has brought to them and their communities. There will also be a range of hands-on activities such as Fairtrade product tasting, street art, videos, and games.
At a parallel seminar for teachers, the content of the pack and how to use it in the classroom will be explained, with an opportunity to try out some of the activities.
The Fairtrade MARK guarantees growers fair prices for their crops, as well as Fairtrade social premiums to spend on community projects of their choice.
Brad Hill, The Co-operative’s Fairtrade Strategic Development Manager, said: “As a community-based retailer our commitment to Fairtrade goes a lot further than just what we put on our shelves. Building awareness of Fairtrade, how it works and its benefits, is very important to us, and so supporting Fairtrade resources for schools is a key activity."
Julie Thorpe from the Co-operative College said "Children and young people care passionately about fairness - whether it is in the playground or in the supermarket. Co-operative for Change! Fairtrade in Your School not only provides teaching materials about trade justice but it provides lots of idea for ways young people can get involved in promoting Fairtrade to support farmers and producers in the developing world."
The launch events are taking place in Leeds, Newcastle, Manchester, Derby, London, and Exeter between 25 February and 6 March 2009. Download further details of the launch events.
Register if you’d like to receive a copy of the pack for your school.