A Lesson in Fairtrade

Our little girl’s school recently focussed on Fairtrade.

They had an assembly, they had discussions in class and each year group had to do something Fairtrade-related for homework.

Fairtrade farming ethical lesson learning buying sellingThis topic really inspired our little girl (aged 6) and obviously struck a cord!  We’re teaching her about the value of money and now she’s learning about how to shop ethically.

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After school one day, she set-to at her desk while having a snack (a Fairtrade banana!).  Afterwards, she showed me her creation – a Fairtrade logo that she was very proud of! (and I of her!)  Then was chatting away to me, telling me all about Fairtrade ~ how the poor farmers sell their bananas, which are packaged up in special boxes and these boxes go to shops.  The food with the Fairtrade logo are the ones that the poor farmers have sold and these are the ones that we should buy to help the poor farmers.  The shops in our town that have the Fairtrade logo on them are Co-op and Spar (other outlets are available…!)

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For her homework after school later that week, we went to one of the aforementioned shops (in the interests of diplomacy, I won’t say which… I remembered to take my ‘divi’ card though..!).  While in the shop, we made a quick note of the items you could buy that had the Fairtrade logo on them.  In fact, I was quite surprised at how many products did have the logo on them because, to be honest, I’ve never taken that much notice before.  I have a feeling all that will now change with an eagle-eyed 6 year old looking over my shoulder into the shopping basket! Or giving me stern words in the kitchen while unpacking shopping, if she hasn’t been shopping with me 😉

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Has your child been inspired by a topic at school that resulted in a creative moment and a short lesson from them?!  I’d love to hear about it in the comments below 🙂 

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