A fair trade awareness day

Banana worker (c) Fairtrade FoundationHaving thoroughly researched fair trade on the internet and gone to the supermarkets to see what was available, the School Council organised a Fair Trade Awareness Day on 14 April, together with the help of the deputy Headteacher and learning mentors. Details of the event were sent out to parents, together with a short family quiz on fair trade, an excellent way of spreading the message into the community.

For the assembly, the School Council performed role plays that showed the difference fair trade makes to banana producers. Two bananas were also peeled, and tasted by pupils to see if a fair trade banana tasted any different to one that wasn’t! The message was that the taste may be the same, but one of the bananas is part of a fairer world.

After the assembly, pupils went back to class. Each class had a Fair Trade Box packed with goodies: fair trade cookies, Divine bars, Geo bars and fair trade hot chocolate. Tea and coffee were brought round for everyone to sip whilst they sampled the goodies. The box also had a fair trade game, and a quiz for each group to complete, testing them on facts delivered in the assembly. The lucky winner of the quiz went home with a fair trade football at the end of the school day.

Find out more

Teaching resources: Find teaching resources around the topic of fair trade

Liverpool World Centre: For more information on LWC’s ‘fair trade schools’ project, visit: www.liverpoolworldcentre.org.

Local support: If you are inspired by this case study and would like to do something similar in your school, or are looking for ideas for developing the global dimension, why not contact your nearest Development Education Centre?

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