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Back to School

Schools in Scotland have been back for a good while now, and the rest of the UK is following suit this month, so it’s a good time to think ahead to how we can continue to include Fair Trade in the curriculum over the coming months in these challenging times.

To celebrate September’s Global Citizenship month Highland One World have launched their Wee Flags for Change challenge to design a flag based around a commitment to one positive action on a global issue (perhaps Fair Trade?) and share a socially distantanced campaign video.

September is also the month of the Scottish Fair Trade Forum’s annual awards to recognise and celebrate the achievements of individuals, groups and organisations who make Scotland a Fair Trade Nation. If your school’s Fair Trade group has done something really special over the last year why not nominate them here by Monday 14th September. The awards will be presented virtually in November.

An easy and fun way for pupils to learn about Fair Trade is to screen some short films, such as the recent series on a family of cocoa farmers produced by the Fairtrade Foundation. These are suitable for viewing in school or at home and include an activity pack.

World Cotton Day is coming up on 7th October, which is a good opportunity to investigate a Fair Trade product that isn’t one of the usual suspects like bananas or chocolate! The Fairtrade Foundation have collated information and activities here.

If you would like more ideas or help with Fair Trade activities in the classroom you can contact our Education Officer here.

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90kg Rice Challenge Schools Event

A few weeks ago we worked together with our friends at JTS, WOSDEC, the Social Enterprise Academy, and the Renfrewshire Fair Trade Steering Group to bring local primary schools together for an event to learn about the 90kg Rice Challenge and to celebrate the links the Challenge has with fair trade, social enterprise, and wider global citizenship.

There was a great buzz about the event, with some really enthusiastic and empowered young people keen to increase their knowledge about the world around them. We were also lucky enough to have visitors from Renfrewshire Council and the local press to help us spread the word even further.