It offers a great opportunity to look at global issues such as where our food comes from and how we are connected to people around the world. Students can also learn a range of skills, from teamwork and co-operation to persuasive writing to running a stall or tuck shop.
The Fairtrade committee at St. Patrick’s meet on a regular basis and work very hard to raise money for Fairtrade. They run a Fairtrade tuck shop every Friday break time and any profit made then goes to St. John’s in Korogocho, Kenya – a link made through John McBride at Cafod.
Congratulations on the renewal of our Fair Achiever Award in January 2018 – this means that our school has fully embedded Fairtrade into daily life and works to raise awareness of Fairtrade in our local community.
Meet the Committee 2017-18
Why should we buy Fairtrade products?
Fairtrade offers a better deal for farmers in the developing world. Seven million people – farmers, workers and their families – are better off because of Fairtrade. You can help increase this number.
It’s only fair that the people who produce what we eat, wear and use should get paid enough to live on and have a chance to improve their lives.
Why do we need Fairtrade
Companies which buy crops from farmers in poorer countries would sometimes pay very little to the farmers who grew the crops. Fairtrade companies promise to buy the crops at a minimum price, a price high enough to enable the farmers to improve their farms and houses, send their children to school and pay for medicine.
Fair Trade Fortnight 2017
What has been happening? Well,
- The Fair Trade group gave an assembly to KS1 and KS2. They did a great job of explaining why Fair Trade is so important to farmers around the world.
- The children across the school worked in class to find out about Fair Trade, producing a variety of work.
- There was also a competition to design a Fair Trade snack. We saw some fantastic entries – the Fair Trade group had a hard job picking the winners! Ryley McAndrew (KS1) and Mya-Lea Tones (KS2) won Fair Trade Easter eggs. Isabella Hartigan-Brown, Grace Hart, Joanna Hughes and Erin Tipping were all runners up and won vouchers to spend at the Fair Trade tuck shop. Well done!
- Finally the fortnight ended with a non-uniform day – Fair Trade colours, of course.
- Thank you to everyone – children, staff and parents – for your support. Just to remind you, the money raised on the FT tuck shop goes to help support St John’s School in Korogocho, Kenya.