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Chocolate and Fairtrade fairandfunky Workshop

This term our Chocolate and Fairtrade workshop has been very popular with schools with classes linking the workshop to topics on Aztecs, Europe, literacy and citizenship.

 

All fairandfunky workshops encourage participants to look at the world around them and empower people of all ages with the knowledge that their actions can have a positive impact on the world around them; both locally and globally.  Chocolate and Fairtrade workshop focusses on Fairtrade as a way in which each of us can take little steps to change the world.

 

Class 10 Meltham School Nov 2014

“I think that I should think about how hard people have worked. I think the cocoa farmers should have a better value of money…..it is not fair on them. We can change that through Fairtrade.” Antonia

Throughout the workshop students were challenged to think about the people behind the products they use and buy every day.  Beginning with an ‘experiment’ all children needed to complete a simple task. However, this wasn’t simple for everybody, as many didn’t have all the resources needed.“It’s not fair!” was heard around the classroom. Discussions followed around trading rules and how countries don’t have the same resources to compete in the global marketplace. How can we make this fair?

 

Year 5 Upperthong School Nov 2014

“I learnt that fair trade can make a difference.” Amelie

The children then considered the supply chain of chocolate: from bean to bar. The students listed different roles along the supply chain: from cocoa farmers to advertising companies; from truck drivers to shop keepers. They discussed how it was possible to ensure every one along the supply chain was paid fairly for the work they did.  How can we make this fair?

 

The children then looked at some of the jobs along the supply chain in more depth, debating the roles and responsibilities of cocoa farmers, shops, shipping companies, other farmers and chocolate companies to decide the percentage each should be paid. The classroom was full of animated discussion around the livelihoods of each person along the supply chain, with some very passionate debating.

 

Class 9 Meltham CE School Nov 2014

“I learnt that farmers get less if you don’t buy fair trade. I have also learnt that there is a long process of making chocolate.” Lawrence

Each group then revealed how much they thought each role should be paid, with higher percentages going to cocoa farmers and shipping companies; leaving shops with the least. In reality the opposite is the case – farmers are paid very little for the work they do and this was received with gasps of horror from the children. “How can supermarkets get so much?!” and “But it’s the farmers that work so hard, why do they get so little?!” The children were asked again – how can we make this fair?

 

Fairtrade guarantees a fair price is paid to farmers. It also pays an added premium to invest in community projects: to build new schools, improve water supplies, invest in school buses, training and education for farmers and their families and more. Buying a Fairtrade product means the lives of farmers and their communities can be improved, and each of us have the power to do just that. Buy Fairtrade and change lives.

 

Do contact us if you’d like to book a fairandfunky workshop for your school:

 

“The fairandfunky Chocolate and Fairtrade workshop was very hands on with a range of different activities, I would recommend fairandfunky to colleagues.”
“fairandfunky explain important issues in an engaging and thoughtful way.”

 

Feedback from Year 4 teachers at Meltham CofE Primary School

 

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