“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
Fairtrade Fortnight is an international campaign which happens once every year to increase awareness of Fairtrade. Fairtrade is a system designed to ensure that growers in developing countries are paid a fair and stable price for the goods that we buy from them.
We held a Fairtrade themed week during the first week of Fairtrade Fortnight 2016. As part of this week, the children studied different countries including India, Thailand, Bolivia, Malawi and Mauritius. As well as this, the children examined a range of products produced by Fairtrade farmers and workers, and produced their own food and goods to sell at The Tynings Friday Fairtrade Market. The food technology room was very busy all week with the children making banana cake, blueberry muffins, chocolate brownies, Rice Krispies cakes and chocolate cakes – all prepared using Fairtrade products of course!
We also enjoyed meeting some special visitors throughout the week. Paula Brown, a storyteller, told us tales from all around the world. Lyndsey Wright (Traidcraft) held a ‘Fairness’ workshop with Otters class and then led an assembly for the whole school.
At the end of the week the children held The Tynings Friday Fairtrade Market for parents and members of the local community in order to raise money for the Fairtrade organization. We were supported by our wonderful PSFA (Parents, Staff and Friends Association) who served hot drinks for the adults to enjoy. The market was a resounding success; over £200 was raised and this has been donated to the Fairtrade Foundation to help support farmers and workers as they work to improve their lives and their communities.