Workshops bring Fairtrade alive for Leamington children

Anup Lally, aged 11, (left) and Haydn Levein, aged 11, (right) from St Anthony’s RC Primary School are pictured at the bag decorating workshop with Lindsay Roche of The Midcounties Co-operative.

Children from three Leamington primary schools learned how tough it is to earn a living in developing countries in a special Fairtrade Enterprise Day.

Pupils from St Margaret’s CE Middle School, Sydenham Primary School and St Anthony’s RC Primary School attended lively workshops at Campion School, Leamington, organised by community retailer The Midcounties Co-operative.

They returned in the evening with parents and took part in a singing, dancing and acting performance by Caboodle Theatre in Education to spread the Fairtrade message.

The workshop activities included making paper spice bags to earn paper clips which represent rupees. The exercise showed how much work is required to earn enough to live on each day in some parts of the world.

In addition there were Fairtrade chocolate blind tasting and other activities to help the children learn the importance of giving people a fair price for their goods.

The day was organised as part of Fairtrade Fortnight, the annual campaign by the Fairtrade Foundation to raise awareness among UK consumers to buy products which carry the Fairtrade Mark. It guarantees the producers a fair price and also provides an additional social premium to fund vital community projects.

Community Co-ordinator Vicky Powell of Midcounties said: “Trading ethically is a key commitment for a co-operative business and we wanted to get the message across to children that by choosing Fairtrade goods they can make a real difference.”


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