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Fair Trade in Schools

  • Fairtrade Schools Packs

    One of our goals at One World Shop is to create a whole world full of Global Citizens who will stand up and say NO to human rights violations!

    Maybe the entire world is a bit ambitious, so starting with primary schools around Edinburgh, we're promoting our new Tuck into Fairtrade campaign with a free goodie box of samples from One World Shop. The goodie box includes some of our best sellers and ideas on how to run a tuckshop or stall, and most importantly, why schools need to get involved.

    Are you part of a school community looking to become involved in fair trade? We can provide goods for a stall or tuckshop, tea & coffee for the staff room and can arrange a workshop or shop visit. Get in touch to discuss how we can help you! (Click the envelope above to contact us.)

    Have a look at our new Tuck into Fairtrade mini-site for more information: www.fairtradetuckshops.co.uk

  • It’s Fairtrade Fortnight!

     

    Rachel Farey reports:

    It’s already been an exciting start to Fairtrade Fortnight at the One World Shop. On Saturday I met up with the wonderfully engaging Pamela L’Intelligent, a seamstress from Craft Aid Mauritius who arrived in Edinburgh for the start of her whistle-stop tour around Scotland. Pamela makes school uniforms and will be visiting schools, faith groups and campaigning groups as a guest of Scottish Fair Trade Forum and Edinburgh Fairtrade City Group to talk about her experiences working in a factory as a child and how they would be hidden in baskets when the inspectors visited and explain just how working for a Fair Trade organisation has changed her life around.

    Pamela at work Pamela at work

    Craft Aid also provides the wide range of sugar we sell at the shop and deliver to our business customers; demerara, raw cane, muscovado and caster sugar. Pamela and Gabriel Kumudu, the Director of Craftaid, will be speaking at the One World Shop for our event “Sugar! Sugar!” on Sunday 1st March at 2.30pm, so do come along and enjoy some tea and cake and listen to their extraordinary journey.

    IMG_1700 Pamela and Rachel with the Edinburgh skyline pictured from the Botanic Gardens

    This week I will be travelling about giving lots of talks on Fair Trade to schools and other groups and delivering lots of stalls to churches and schools in both Glasgow and Edinburgh. Please contact us if you would like to run your own Fair Trade stall either during Fairtrade Fortnight or any other time.

    On Saturday 28th Feb we will be running a stall at the Fair Trade Festival event at the Main Hall in Summerhall in Edinburgh, a family-friendly event with free refreshments, storytelling, stalls, music from Edinburgh Contemporary Choir, do come along.

     

    Sugar! Sugar!
    Free event at the One World Shop
    St John’s Church, Princes Street, Edinburgh
    Sunday 1 March at 2.30pm

    Edinburgh Fair Trade Festival
    Summerhall, EH9 1QH
    Saturday 28 February, 10.30 – 2.30
    The Festival brings together Fair Trade stalls, speakers, delicious free refreshments from Nutmeg Bakehouse, music, storytelling and special guests Gabriel Kamudu and Pamela L'Intelligent from Mauritius. The event is free, for all ages and will also host singers from Edinburgh Contemporary Choir and have the accomplished Kenyan Scottish storyteller Mara Menzies enchanting attendees with her wonderful tales.

    Find out more about Fairtrade Fortnight (23rd Feb – 8th March)

  • One World Shop and Fair Trade in Schools

    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:

    • Stalls
    • Shop visits
    • Projects
    • 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."

    Certificate of Appreciation

    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

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