The Fairtrade School Awards, set up in 2007, offer a great opportunity for students to learn about global issues such as where their food comes from, how they are connected to people around the world and how they have the power to create change.
There are almost 1200 schools with a Fairtrade School Award, and a further 7000 that regularly teach about Fairtrade across the UK, meaning over a million students involved in the programme.
Learning about and taking action for Fairtrade can teach students a range of skills, from teamwork and persuasive writing skills to running a stall or tuck shop.
By raising awareness of Fairtrade in school and in their community, young people are able to make a real difference to the lives of the farmers and workers who grow and produce the food we consume.
Research from GlobeScan shows that recognition of Fairtrade is at an all-time high, with 97% of young people recognising the FAIRTRADE Mark.
Brad Hill, Fairtrade Strategy Manager at the Co-op says;
“We supported the initial set up of the schools programme after we worked with the Fairtrade Foundation to launch the first school educational resources ‘Make your school Fairtrade friendly’.
“We continue to champion Fairtrade and it’s important to us that we encourage the next generation to see the real difference that trading fairly makes. Across the country, our store colleagues love talking to schools about Fairtrade, so this is a perfect fit!”
Jo Milis, Education Campaigns Manager at the Fairtrade Foundation says;
“We are delighted to be able to work together with the Co-op, who have been such a big supporter of the Fairtrade School Awards from the beginning. Bringing Co-op staff and schools together will help to support more schools on their Fairtrade journey by hearing real stories about Fairtrade.”
The Co-op has been championing Fairtrade products for over 20 years. Schools will see new resources this year developed by the Fairtrade Schools team and the Co-op.
Find out more about the Fairtrade Schools Award
For more information about your local Co-op store.
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