Since September 2015 the pupils of Belgrave have been finding out more about Fairtrade and what it means. The pupils have been finding out more through assemblies and lessons with Mrs Martin and Mrs Akhtar, as well as welcoming a special Fairtrade visitor (Alex) to our school last week. Alex has previously worked for 'Traidcraft', a charity linked to Fairtrade products and has also lived in many places around the world including some Fairtrade villages in Sri Lanka and China. The pupils have learnt about how Fairtrade means fairer wages and a better deal for farmers, what the word 'fair' actually means and how we can help, by becoming more aware of Fairtrade and the products available. By swapping just one of our shopping items (such as bananas, oranges, tea, coffee or chocolate) once a week, or even once a month could make such a huge difference to these hard working farmers all over the world.
We even have our very own Fairtrade Council, which comprises of eight Key Stage 2 pupils, who meet regularly with Mrs Martin to decide how we can make our school even more Fairtrade and increase awareness. We are currently a 'FairAware' School and are aiming for the next award of 'FairActive' as we journey towards becoming a 'Fairtrade School'.
We have Fairtrade Fortnight coming up from 29th February to 13th March and our council have decided to have a Fairtrade stall after school on Tuesday 1st March, from 3pm. They will be selling cakes made with some Fairtrade ingredients, chocolate banana kebabs, fruit and other Fairtrade products including badges. The council are working hard to organise this and have started making posters that are appearing around school, so we would very much welcome your support by coming along to the stall and also by donating any Fairtrade products you can!!