Developing Global Citizenship through Fairtrade
Eighteen schools in Carmarthenshire now hold the Fairtrade Schools Programme Fair Achiever Award.
Participating in the Fairtrade Schools Programme helps learners to understand interdependence and how the choices and decisions they make every day as consumers can have far-reaching consequences, contributing to their development as ethical and informed global citizens.
Carmarthenshire is working with its secondary schools in turn to coordinate KS2/3 transition days in different areas of the county to support teaching and learning about Fairtrade.
The day held in Ammanford began with a presentation by Zimbabwean-born Martha Musonza Holman who explained the struggles experienced by poorer communities there to attain even a basic standard of living and send their children to school.
She described how choosing to buy fairly-traded produce could help towards alleviating these problems.
Pupils then learnt about cocoa production in Ghana from Emmanuel Okuni and were amazed to discover that children there may never have tasted chocolate as it is too expensive for them to buy.
Megan, a year five pupil from Ysgol Tycroes said “I thought people from Africa would be a lot different from us but I understand now we’re all connected”.
The “Unfair Funfair”, featuring traditional stalls with a twist, proved very popular.
A teacher from Ysgol Brynaman said: "This was a simple and engaging way of teaching children how unfairly workers in poorer countries are rewarded for their extremely hard work”.