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Global Poverty Project at Fulston Manor School

Global Poverty Project at Fulston Manor School

Year 7 students recently experienced their first taste of what students at Fulston Manor School, Sittingbourne, Kent, are offered through working closely with the Co-operative Group. Jane Lambert from the Co-operative Group and Pete Duncan from CLADA (Co-operative Learning and Development Associates) ran a whole year group Global Poverty Project with first year students and taught them the values of thinking how Fairtrade and helping others can benefit millions of people around the world.

It was a full on discussion day and during the summary in the afternoon students came to the conclusion that trading fairly around the world definitely helped those from developing countries who run Fairtrade businesses. Each student was rewarded with a Fairtrade chocolate bar although many gave theirs back to the Co-operative, asking them to sell it on and give the money to the cocoa farmers. Some students took the chocolate but offered one hour of volunteering in exchange.

Mr Duncan said: “It was amazing how diverse the answers to poverty were from such a young age group. I was very impressed!” Jess Stubbs, Citizenship teacher at Fulston Manor, was also pleased with how much the students had learnt.

Global Poverty Project at Fulston Manor School

Two of Fulston Manor’s students were also thrilled to be asked to attend the launch of the Global Poverty Ambassadors Project at the London School of Economics and Politics. George Salvage and Chloe Shaw were taken to London by Sarah Palmer, Community Cohesion Manor at Fulston Manor, and they were all overwhelmed to hear Professor Hans Rosling, an eminent Swedish statistician and Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft, speak passionately about their vision of ending world poverty.

The Global Poverty Project now has 70 volunteers around the country who will deliver the message of how we can help eliminate poverty throughout the world. Both George and Chloe enjoyed their afternoon immensely and feel that they understand the world’s problems a little more now.

Mrs Palmer said: “We must thank The Co-operative Group for inviting us to such an occasion. To hear and see Bill Gates speak was a once in a lifetime opportunity for us but it was Hans Rosling who got our attention with his dynamic stage presence.”