One of the best things for us about Fairtrade Fortnight is that we have many more opportunities to work with lots of great schools, teachers and pupils. Some are now long term friends and allies as we work with them on a regular basis; we never fail to be amazed at how much they manage to achieve.
As part of Fairtrade Fortnight many schools host special events and stalls, selling a variety of Fair Trade goods from the One World Shop to their fellow pupils. The products they sell include snacks, juices, cola and chocolate bars as well as a fun selection of gifts, toys, musical instruments and jewellery, mostly under £2 so easily affordable to all.
Many schools also participate in the Fair Trade Schools Awards, set up by the Fairtrade Foundation. Pupils are encouraged to get involved on a deeper level and take action. A Fair Trade Steering Group has to be set up within the school to arrange events, take challenges, run assemblies and many other activities. Some of the things that they do are:
- Shop visits
- Creating Action Plans and Audits
On 28th February 2015, the Fairtrade Steering Group of Clyde Valley High School will celebrate the first anniversary of the launch of the Fairtrade Stall selling products provided by the One World Shop. The stall has been open every day and products on sale include sweets, drinks and bracelets. Their teacher, Anushi Pathmanathan, tells us more:
"The members of the Fairtrade Steering Group man the stall and carry out the same duties as any confectionery business- monitoring stock levels, date checking and replenishment. Responsibility also lies with them to make decisions on selling new products. Opening of the stall has been extended in recent months to Parents' Evenings and concerts and has now become a permanent feature of these whole school events.
"In November 2014, the group visited the 'One World Shop' in Edinburgh where they learned more about the plight of farmers in third world countries and the importance of supporting the Fairtrade cause. As a reward for the group's collective efforts in running the stall, a visit to the ice-rink in Princes Street was also organised as part of the day.
"One World Shop recently issued a certificate in recognition of the huge sales that the Clyde Valley High School Fairtrade Stall has managed to generate. £2245.37 was raised in 2014 and as of today's date that figure has increased to £2806.97."
The pupils tell us why they are so keen to be involved.
“I am part of our Fairtrade group because I think it is a worthwhile project. It really helps those farmers and manufacturers in foreign countries who wouldn't normally get paid the right amount for their work. Our school runs a Fair trade Tuck Shop which is very rewarding. We sell sweets and drinks which we buy in from the One World Shop in Edinburgh. There are about 16 of us in the Fairtrade Steering Group on a rotating shift.” Zac, pupil
One pupil Leah has really played her part; “I am in the Fairtrade Group because it is a very worthy cause to which we should all contribute. I have tried to encourage as many people as possible to think about Fair Trade. I have done many presentations to staff and pupils especially during Fairtrade Fortnight.”
The pupils have told us that they really enjoy making a difference;
“I am involved in Fairtrade as it is an important organisation that is beneficial to underprivileged people and workers. I hope the work we do goes some way to improving their lives.” Caitlin
"I hope we have helped people to think twice when they buy products in the supermarket. I hope they try to support the Fairtrade cause." Amy
We are so impressed and proud of these young people and their hard work and commitment! If you would like to find out more about Fair Trade in your school or staff room, please contact us at Rachel@oneworldshop.co.uk or phone us on 0131 229 4541