On Wednesday 4th of March six children from Cockwood School Council represented the School with their attendance at the annual Fair Trade Conference held at Westcliff Primary School.
The focus this year was Fair Trade Bananas. The children were lucky enough to meet Simeon Green and Veronica Brown from St Vincent & the Grenadine Islands to the conference.
They spoke passionately about their banana farms and explained how bananas are grown and packed and what a difference Fairtrade premiums mean to them: from schools built and funded in the community to health care centres, plus football fields for the children to play on and wells dug in local villages which means clean drinking water for the local population.
The School Council recently attended a Fairtrade Conference at the Eden Project.
Their day started early as they travelled by train and bus to Cornwall. Upon arrival they met up with other schools from the south-west. They attended a tea-growers workshop, where they became part of the Fairtrade Premium Committee and had to decide how to spend the premiums on necessities such as hospitals, teachers, buildings, water, food etc.
They found it incredibly difficult to prioritise and realised just how important the Fairtrade premium is for the farmers and villagers. Another workshop taught them all about different types of nuts and how they are grown and harvested. This workshop ended up in one of the Biomes looking at a Cashew Nut tree. The children took this opportunity to look around the Tropical Biome before starting our return journey back to Dawlish.
Fairtrade fortnight has started and today we were delighted to have Paul Tiony, a Fairtrade tea producer from Kenya, along with Sue Errington and Alison Derrick from Devon Development Education come in to school and talk to children about Fairtrade.
Children from Cockwood and Westcliff Schools as well as students at Dawlish Community College heard all about the important work Fairtrade do to support tea producers in Kenya. It was especially interesting to hear from Paul about his first hand experience and see pictures from his farm with his workers. You can click here to see Paul’s presentation.
Cockwood School are celebrating achieving Fairtrade status.
Over the past eighteen months the school council has put all their efforts into learning more about Fairtrade and what the whole school can do to help Fairtrade farmers and their families.
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