We had great fun joining in Baschurch Primary School on the 20th June 2019 as part of their "Courageous Advocacy Day". The pupils were considering how they can get involved with, and influence life for other people in many countries across the world. We looked at how Fairtrade can be part of the solution of overcoming poverty in the Global South. Here is a photograph of some of the artwork we produced.
We are keen to get involved with young people across Shrewsbury and the surrounding villages. If your school, college or youth group would like us to come along to discuss Fairtrade, we can provide speakers for assemblies, class workshops, or a series of lessons on the issues of Fairtrade, global poverty and how schools can get involved in these campaigns. Please use the "Contact" tab on this website to send us your details and we will get back to you very soon.
Wilfred Owen School produced this excellent cook book
This is what one school achieved in 2016-7
Shrewsbury Cathedral Catholic Primary School
Fair Trade Committee 2016/2017
Members: - Francesca, Lily, Jonathan, Hane, Callum and Josh
Helped by Mrs Angela Pym, Teaching Assistant
Each half term the committee members run a Fair Trade Friday tuck shop – selling chocolate bars, cakes, chocolates and biscuits priced from 20p each and fruit juice priced at 50p per carton. We are pleased to have links with Shrewsbury Fairtrade shop www.shrewsburyfairtrade.com/schools/ and we sometimes sell goods on their behalf at our school. Visit the stall in the Market Hall to see a vast range of fairly traded products available. During Fairtrade fortnight we had 2 additional tuck shops at which woven friendship bracelets and fairly traded bookmarks were available.
The committee helped Mrs Archer with an assembly about where and how Bala Sport balls (www.balasport.co.uk) are made in Pakistan. To watch the video presentation visit schools.fairtrade.org.uk/resource/football/
Oak class visited Cadbury World and learned how chocolate is made. The Fair Trade Committee members proudly wore their badges when they visited the site. Topic work included learning about Fairtrade cocoa.
We continue to sell fairly traded Kilombero rice, not only in school, but also through the Shrewsbury Cathedral parish newsletter. The rice which is grown in Malawi is sourced by us from Just Trading Scotland. http://shop.jts.co.uk/rice/
The committee members run a Fair Trade stall at the school’s Christmas fair and summer fair. With profits made during this school year we have purchased some Bala sports balls to use for our next fundraising for Fairtrade.
Fairtrade Fortnight 2016
Cathedral Catholic Primary School
Pride of place this year belongs to Cathedral. They have now received both the FairAware and the FairActive awards. (See their photo on the ‘gallery’ page)
They held two Fairtrade Friday tuck-shops in Fairtrade Fortnight, and on Wednesday 2nd March, the Fairtrade Committee took an assembly about Fairtrade. Each child on the committee had produced a slide for their power-point presentation , and they also showed the video of Pablo the Super-banana. Ken and Meriel Chippindale were delighted to be able to attend the assembly and to congratulate the committee on all their hard work.
Cathedral are hoping to hold a further event later in the year based loosely on the idea of a big breakfast. Meanwhile they continue to sell fairly traded Kilombero rice and Eswatini Kitchen jams, pickles and chutneys from Just Trading Scotland (www.justtradingscotland.co.uk) and sports balls from www.balasport.co.uk
Redhill Primary School, Telford
It was a pleasure to visit Redhill, who have once again been awarded the Fairachiever award this month (April 2016 ) in recognition of their long commitment to Fairtrade and how they both embed learning across areas of the curriculum, and promote it to the wider community .
In this school, those wanting to be on the Fairtrade Committee have to write a letter explaining why it is important to them. As a result, there is a strong committee of 18 children, from Years 4,5 and 6. They were proud to show off their gym tops, which are Fairtrade and bear the label “Redhill plays Fair”.
They had a number of events marking Fairtrade Fortnight, including a special assembly, and a number of children were able to accompany their teacher to hear Sheena Buji speak at Harper Adams. They also held a Fairtrade stall, with refreshments and a variety of games related to Fairtrade for the children.
Mereside C of E Primary School
Once again, Mereside planned activities to involve the entire school. The head writes:
“We had a great fortnight with events in both weeks and it was good to see the pupils building on their prior learning. Year 5 did a ‘late breakfast’ for their parents and made super leaflets again.
The younger pupils had a fruit mad week, making fruit faces and fruit salads with Fairtrade products and learning some geography at the same time.”
Mereside have also completed the necessary tasks for the first two awards (FairAware and FairActive), and hope to enter for the awards soon.
Woodfield Infant School
Woodfield have a long history of supporting Fairtrade, and it was good to be invited back to take an assembly during Fairtrade Fortnight.
But perhaps most exciting, have been visits to meet members of staff at both St Giles C of E Primary School, and Prestfelde Preparatory School, to discuss how best to ‘embed’ Fairtrade in their normal curriculum.
In both cases, there was a considerable excitement as to the possibilities – for example, seeing sugar producers as individuals with their own story, but also learning about their country, learning about healthy eating and the dangers of too much sugar, maybe baking, and using arithmetic skills to cost ingredients and create accounts…. It was easy to get carried away with the possibilities, and I very much look forward to returning, and seeing how things have worked out in practice.