We kicked off Fairtrade Fortnight this year with a collaboration of pupils from St Patrick’s, St Joseph’s, Cathedral and Our Lady’s Catholic College coming together as Ambassadors of their schools for an educational experience.
To further our commitment to social justice, we discussed a wide range of topics via different means. We played fairtrade Bingo and an adapted version of Snakes and Ladders where we had to be farmers on the journey to selling our crops. The ladders were positive scenarios which could happen and the negative scenarios farmers have to deal with were represented by banana skins.
We then focused on Consumer Power by showing practically, with a chocolate taste test, how we can use our voice to influence what products are sold in shops and stores.
To gather all our knowledge together, small groups worked to create sections of a PowerPoint presentation to highlight the benefits of Fairtrade. This will be used in each of our schools to raise awareness throughout the whole school community.
We concluded our day with a liturgy and reflection on how we can all take responsibility, each in our own different way, to work as a community for justice.
We are very thankful to the staff and pupils who took part in the day and made it possible.
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