Fairtrade Fortnight - 24th February to 8th March 2020

Feb. 12, 2020

Fairtrade Fortnight aims to put a spotlight on trade. When trade is fair it has the potential to improve the lives of the farmers and workers who grow our food and make the world a better place.

Through Fairtrade, millions of poor farmers and workers are already coming together to demand a change. They're working hard to close the door on exploitation and transform their communities, supported by Fairtrade.

Last year, schools across the country campaigned against unfair trade in the chocolate industry. This year Fairtrade are continuing the campaign to make sure cocoa farmers receive enough money to lead a dignified life. The campaign will continue to focus on cocoa, the special role women farmers play in the journey to living incomes, and sharing new stories and tools to get more people choosing Fairtrade chocolate. They’ve travelled back to Côte d’Ivoire, and Sierra Leone, to meet some truly inspiring women, and their families, who want their stories to be heard by the UK.

The Story of Chocolate: Unwrapping the Bar looks at the unfairness at the heart of the chocolate industry and how Fairtrade is working towards a living income for cocoa farmers.  It specifically focuses on women cocoa farmers in Côte d’Ivoire and the role of women in community development.

After watching the video and you are a Purple Mash subscriber, why not use our Fairtrade Farmer mashcam on Purple Mash. Pupils can put themselves into the role of a Fairtrade farmer and their thoughts and character in the speech bubble. Or use our FairTrade postcard where children can write about what they saw on a visit to a plantation.

Over the two weeks, Fairtrade are asking schools across the country to share and celebrate the stories of these incredible farmers. You can download your Schools Action Guide for ideas of how you can get involved.

Whether it be a pop-up café, a school assembly or an exhibition, share your love of Fairtrade with parents, the community or other schools by inviting them to come on in. You can advertise any events or encourage people to buy Fairtrade products by using our Fairtrade Poster template – this is free during Fairtrade fortnight for all schools to use.

The Fair-trade website also contains a range of resources, including an assembly that can used to introduce the fortnight in school. These resources are all completely free and cover their usual subjects areas like PSHE and Geography but also new ones including Music, Black History, Business studies and English.  Children can use the website and resources to research into Fairtrade and use our Fairtrade leaflet within Purple Mash to present their findings.

You can also sign up to become a Fairtrade school! Becoming a Fairtrade School means joining a worldwide movement – a movement where young people learn that, whatever their age, they have the power to make a difference in the world. It offers a great opportunity to look at global issues such as where our food comes from and how we're connected to people around the world. Students can also learn a range of skills, from teamwork and co-operation to persuasive writing to running a stall, or tuck shop.

We hope that you find these resources useful, if you use any of the resources mentioned we would love to hear from you on either our Twitter or Facebook pages.