Fairtrade Fortnight

Fairtrade Fortnight

What is Fairtrade?

The Fairtrade Foudation started in 1922, following appeals from Mexican coffee growers for help. The Fairtrade Foundation was formed by CAFOD, Christian Aid, Oxfam, Tradecraft, The World Development Movement, and The National Federation of Women’s Institutes.

On their website, the Fairtrade Foundation says that Fairtrade is about:

  • better prices
  • decent working conditions
  • local sustainability
  • fair terms of trade

for farmers and workers in the developing world. Fairtrade makes companies pay sustainable prices when they buy their goods from farmers. Traditionally, trade discriminates against the poorest producers. With Fairtrade, you have the power to change the world every day.

What is Fairtrade Fortnight?

Fairtrade Fortnight gives a united date and a dedicated time for individuals, organisations, and businesses to think about what Fairtrade means and act on the principles of Fairtrade. Fairtrade Fortnight is an important celebration in the Co-op Academies Trust calendar.

How are Fairtrade and the Co-op linked?

The Co-op have always been pioneers in Fairtrade products. Here are just some key events in Fairtrade history that the Co-op were at the forefront of:

  • 2000 – First Fairtrade bananas in the UK are launched – Co-op and Sainsbury’s are the first to stock them.
  • 2002 – The Co-op converts all its own brand block chocolate to Fairtrade – The Co-op made 100% of its own brand block chocolate Fairtrade.
  • 2005 – The 100th Fairtrade Town – In March 2005, Manchester and Salford were declared joint 100th Fairtrade Town.
  • 2017 – Co-op switch to 100% Fairtrade – Co-op announces that 100% of the cocoa in all its own-label products will be Fairtrade – everything from chocolate bars and drinks to cakes and sprinkles.

How can I be a Fairtrade Pioneer?

Buy Fairtrade products – even if it’s one a month;

Ask your parents/carers to swap – One shopping item to Fairtrade;

Raise awareness – Post on social media this week about what Fairtrade is and how you support them;

Follow Fairtrade or Fairtrade retailers and like/share their posts about Fairtrade;

Raise money for Fairtrade or get involved in further events.

What are we doing at Co-op Academy Walkden to celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight this year?

Although we are socially distant and remote learning at Co-op Academy Walkden, we are still looking to promote Fairtrade fortnight online and through a series of activities for you to get involved in. Find out more about them below.

Fairtrade Activities at Co-op Academy Walkden

Virtual Cooking Club

Mrs Bentley’s Virtual Cooking Club are looking at the importance of Fairtrade over the fortnight by tackling two Fairtrade recipes. The first is Fairtrade Crumbly Banana Fingers, and the second is Honey, Blueberry, and Banana Muffins.

If you want to get involved in Mrs Bentley’s cooking club, email her at joanne.bentley@coopacademies.co.uk and ask to be added to the Google Classroom.

We can’t wait to show you all of the pictures of the yummy cakes and bakes of students in Virtual Cooking Club have made for Fairtrade Fortnight.

Competiton – Fairtrade Quiz

Mrs Hall has put together a fantastic Fairtrade Fortnight quiz, one of the two competitions she is running during Fairtrade Fortnight. Why not have a go, learn something about Fairtrade, and be in with a chance of winning a voucher! Complete Fairtrade Fortnight quiz to be in with a chance of winning a £5 Co-op gift voucher. A winner will be drawn at random from all the correct entries. Entries must be submitted by 3 pm Wednesday 3rd March, with the winner announced on Friday 5th March.

Competition – What type of world would you like to live in?

Here is the second of Mrs Hall’s competitions that you can get involved in. Create your vision of how you want the world to look, linking to the Fairtrade values and the fight against climate change. You could do this in several ways, including:

  • A piece of physical art, e.g., drawing, painting, sculpture, etc.
  • A piece of digital art, e.g., digital drawing/painting, poster, animation, film, etc.
  • A piece of writing, e.g., descriptive prose, poetry, etc.

You must take a clear picture(s) of your completed piece/send a file and email them to natalie.hall@coopacademies.co.uk no later than 3 pm Wednesday 3rd March. The winning entry will receive a £15 Co-op gift voucher and will be announced at the end of Fairtrade Fortnight – Friday 5th March.

Fairtrade School Award

Here at Co-op Academy Walkden, we have supported Fairtrade Fortnight for several years.

Last year, we had a free food tasting session in the Atrium. Students had to fill in a fairtrade quiz, and then they could swap their completed sheet for some free Fairtrade chocolate, banana, and orange juice, and throughout the year, lots of our departments teach about Fairtrade in their lessons. This has meant that this year, we have been able to apply for and receive the Fairtrade FairAware School Award.

To apply for the FairAware Award, we had to put together an application, submitting a student voice survey, a curriculum map of where Fairtrade was taught in the curriculum, and an example of a Fairtrade activity that a full year group had taken part in.

We are so happy that the hard work across the Academy to promote Fairtrade has been recognised through gaining this award, and this is just the start!

The next award that we can apply for is the FairActive Award, and this is where we need the help of our students.

 New! Fairtrade Pioneers Club

As part of the FairActive Award, Miss Kane is starting a Fairtrade Pioneers Club. The Fairtrade Pioneers Club is open to all year groups and all students. They will meet online, via Google Classrooms initially. Once we are all back at the Academy, the Fairtrade Pioneers Club will meet up once a half term.

The Fairtrade Pioneers Club will be essential in organising our Fairtrade activities. They will be pivotal in arranging Fairtrade Fortnight 2022 and putting our application together for the FairActive Award.

If you are interested in joining our Fairtrade Pioneers Club, email Miss Kane and she will add you to the Google Classroom – emilie.kane@coopacademies.co.uk.

Social Media

From 22nd February – 3rd March 2021, we will be posting various links, stories, and activities on our social media. Make sure you follow us on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook @WalkdenCoop to join in the fun.