Feb. 21, 2023
Fairtrade Fortnight is an annual awareness campaign organised by the Fairtrade Foundation. This year, it is held between 27th February and 12th March. The Fairtrade Foundation will be shining the spotlight on climate change and how it will make many products more difficult to grow and buy.
As part of this topic, Fairtrade will be launching the ‘Endangered Aisle’ a pop-up experience in Shoreditch, east London. It will show some of the supermarket items which are most at risk of becoming endangered through climate change.
The Fairtrade website has many resources available to schools, including videos and games. You can also sign up to their newsletter to get updates on their educational offering. Some schools work towards becoming a Fairtrade school, gaining an award once they have completed different tasks.
At Purple Mash, we’ve got a selection of resources to help you teach about Fairtrade. You could start by sharing our Climate Change Slideshow, and then completing one of the Climate Change quizzes., to keep on topic of this year's Fairtrade Fortnight focus.
The concept of fair trade is one that can spark debate, so why not hold one in class? For example, would you be prepared to pay a little more for Fair Trade products if you knew the money was helping people across the world? Well, there's a worksheet inside Purple Mash to help you plan out a debate on the topic and really get to the heart of the matter. You could also carry out a research project, finding four items that can be bought as fair trade products and writing about them. Once you've finished the research you could present your findings in an eye-catching leaflet.
There's lots of other writing that can be done on the topic. You could raise awareness by writing a newspaper article on deforestation and the importance of fair trade in stemming the tide. Or you might prefer to write letters, appealing to traders to stock fair trade products or asking those that do why they made the choice. If you want to focus on climate change, there is a slideshow to share with children, after which you can put their new found knowledge to the test with a climate change quiz.