In Pearl class, we have been learning about Fairtrade. This is something that everyone in school has been looking at and links to the 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development as set out by the United Nations.
First we looked at what Fairtrade actually is:
- Trade that is fair
- People and countries sell things to each other and farmers sell the crops that they grow.
- Soemtimes trade isn’t always fair. Big companies and rich countries buy a lot of crops from poor countries but they don’t always want ot pay a fair price for the goods.
- Fairtrade buyers want to make things better for farmers and they agree to pay farmers a fair price for their crops.
Then we looked asked, how does Fairtrade work?
- Fairtrade farmers know that they will get a good price for their goods.
- These farmers can make plans for their farms, spending money to make them better and safer.
- These farmers must also agree to pay their workers a fair price.
- Fairtrade buyers pay extra money too, called a premium. This money could then be spent on building a new school, health centre or bridge over a river.
We know when goods are Fairtrade when…
If you see this symbol on products, then you know that it is Fairtrade.
Can you find this mark on anything in your house?
Where do Fairtrade products come from?
- Fairtrade products come from countries all over the world.
- Bananas are grown in tropical regions.
- Cocoa to make chocolate with comes from countries such as the Ivory Coast in Africa.
- Tea and coffee also comes from hot places.
- Fairtrade flowers grow well in Kneya’s sunny climate.
- Mines in South America supply glittering Fairtrade gold.
Pearl class decided that they wanted to finish the work that they had been completing on Fairtrade, by having a Fairtrade Tea Party. They decided what they wanted at the tea party and then sent Miss Varley on a little shopping trip. Here is what she was able to get.
It was so lovely to complete our learning on Fairtrade with a chance to all sit down together and eat and drink some delicious foods. Cheers!