Over the last two weeks at school, we have been looking at Fairtrade and how it affects others. This links to the 17 Global Goals that we look at throughout the year at school.
Do you know what Fairtrade is? Do you buy any Fairtrade products?
We started off by looking at the symbol in the classroom and tried to remember if we had seen it on any products that we use at home or at school.
Have you seen this symbol before?
Then we looked at what Fairtrade actually means.
Trade between companies in developed countries and producers in developing countries in which fair prices are paid to the producers.
We learnt that farmers who produce food in other countries such as Africa for us to eat across the world is given a fair price for the ropes that they grow. Some farmers struggle to feed their families, buy medicine for their families when they are ill or can’t even send their children to school.
This made us feel very sad that everyone doesn’t have the same opportunities as we do and aren’t as lucky as we are.
We wanted to help support the farmers that produce Fairtrade products so we used the iPads to research what products we could buy that were Fairtrade.
These were tea, coffee, cotton, coconuts, fruit like bananas and oranges, sugar and chocolate. Next you go shopping – see if you can spot the Fairtrade symbol on any of the products you buy.
As a special treat, Miss Varley threw us a Fairtrade Tea Party and it was brilliant! We drank Fairtrade tea and ate Fairtrade chocolate biscuits, Fairtrade dried pineapple and dried mango and Fairtrade bananas.
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!