Fairtrade In Your School And Church

 

FAIRTRADE SCHOOLS IN CHELMSFORD.  

Many schools in the town have lessons about Fairtrade and a large number have a range of activities during Fairtrade Fortnight.

Thriftood School was awarded Fairtrade status on 24 September 2010, the first school in Chelmsford to be awarded this status. The following are working towards it: Great Baddow High School, King Edward VI Grammar School, St John Payne School, St Michael’s Junior School, St Peter’s Primary School, The Sandon School. Please encourage your school to do the same.

Are You a Fairtrade School? Why become a FAIRTRADE school?

  • Because Fairtrade guarantees a better deal for farmers and workers in the developing world.
  • Because this is your chance to make a real difference.
  • Because its FUN – and you will love it!

How does your school become a Fairtrade school?

  • Email schools@fairtrade.org.uk and ask for a registration form.
  • Go to the Fairtrade Foundation for information and ideas.
  • Send in your application to be assessed.
  • Get your certificate and display it with pride!
  • Another useful contact is the Development Education Essex Ltd (DEEL). This is based in Colchester and has a comprehensive range of books, photopacks and artefacts for loan and sale. Resources for Early Years settings through to adults and for use by teachers, community groups and other interested parties. Also support and advice given on becoming a Fairtrade School.  Contact Carol Batchelor at fairdev4@tiscali.co.uk or phone 01206 790677

The Fairtrade Foundation provides an excellent educational resource pack for schools. This enables pupils to develop the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to play an effective role in society at national, local and international levels. It also provides suggestions for a School Fairtrade Campaign, provides teaching resources, hints for assemblies and worksheets.

“Fairtrade in your School” also assists in providing knowledge about fairness, social justice, respect for democracy and diversity.

You might also like to look at Global Footprints This provides primary schools with ideas and activities for a sustainable future. Oxfam’s website is also of value for teachers. The Reading International Solidarity Centre is based at Reading and provides Fairtrade resources for schools. NEAD is the Norfolk Education and Action for Development website. They have a catalogue of resources for loan and/or sale and a website on global business which includes free resources for teachers.

The Co-operative Group has a special “Make your School Fairtrade Friendly” Pack and some excellent photographs which can be downloaded. The Co-operative College has a section on its website which explores Fair trade in depth. It helps students to develop their understanding of Fair Trade values and social justice. To access the course go to www.school.coop. There is also a wealth of information at Global Dimension and Young Co-operatives.

Fairtrade In Your Church

Almost all the faith groups in Chelmsford are amongst our best Fairtrade supporters.  If your church does not already have Fairtrade status, download the application form from the Fairtrade Foundation’s website and please take action asap.

For information on Fairtrade and places of worship, go to the Fairtrade Foundation.

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