FairTrade Conference for Schools

Tuesday 28 February 2017 from 10.00 – 2.00pm

49 children from three different schools took part in the 2017 Fairtrade Conference for Schools on 28th February. This year’s Fairtrade Fortnight focused on ‘breaks’ and children took part in the following workshops:

Carousel of three workshops:

  • Investigate the lives of children in Zambia, Eritrea and Malawi to discover the context of their break times. Led by Mary I’Anson and Laura Tilling in the Chapter House.
  • Enjoy your break with a trading game that explores how the odds are stacked against poor countries when it comes to global trade. Led by Mary Milne from Traidcraft in the Education Room.
  • Listen to real stories from farmers and workers and find out why it’s ‘Time to take a Fairtrade break’ at school and home. Led by Kate Willis, Fairtrade Foundation in Vicars Hall.

The children also took part in an opening welcome by Rev Canon Dr Graham Dodds, watched the clock strike midday, and an interactive closing plenary.

Here are some comments from the children who attended:

‘I liked the shape making because it was fun and we got to join in with other schools.’ Joe, Year 5

‘I quite liked the building structure; the Chapter House with the way it went up in the middle and how detailed it was.’ Max, Year 5

‘The best thing was making new friends from different schools.’ Casey, Year 6

‘The banking workshop was my favourite because it showed you how different countries might be.’ Monty, Year 6

‘I like it being in Wells Cathedral and having the workshops in different parts of it.’ Year 6 child

‘Being split into different workshops was good. My favourite was the one where we tried the food and found out about different countries. Year 4 child

‘I liked the clock and how it showed where the moon was going to be and the knights going round’. Year 5 child

trading game 2
laura in Chapter House looking at artefacts