I was invited to teach fair trade to Year 5 at the Manor Primary School, Dubai.
Sabeena Ahmed with Mrs Mercer and Year 5 at the Manor Primary School
We started the lesson with the Chocolate Song.
And went on to discuss the poster ''Where do fair trade products come from?''
Where do Fairtrade products come from?
I decided to take a shopping basket full of fair trade products for the children to touch, read and eat.
Children ate delicious fair trade chocolate Green & Blacks Maya Gold during the lesson.
Children also savored the seriously smooth Divine Milk Chocolate.
Empowering women cocoa farmers by Kuapa Kokoo, Linda Berchie and Victoria Boakyewaa
Children watched a fair trade video about cocoa farmers in the Dominican Republic.
Children learnt about the fair trade price, fair trade social premium, social standards and environmental standards.
We ended the session by taking photographs of the children wearing fair trade certified cotton T-shirts, holding the fair trade banner and wearing banana costumes.
Year 5 and Mrs Mercer - Manor Primary School, Dubai
Mrs Mercer dressed as a fair trade banana and Year 5 - Manor Primary School, Dubai
Teaching fair trade to Year 5
It was a fabulous morning teaching fair trade and I look forward to returning to Year 5 later this year.
What is fair trade?
''Fair trade is a simple way each one of us can make a difference through our everyday choices.
It’s about better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world. Fair trade aims to enable the poorest farmers and workers to improve their position and have more control over their lives.
On top of the agreed Fair trade minimum price producers also receive the Fair trade premium. How it’s spent is voted on democratically by farmers and workers.
This is development as decided by the people who will benefit from it. After all, they’re the ones best placed to make it work the hardest. Roads have been laid, nurseries equipped and helpful new tools have been put to work all thanks to the Fair trade premium.''
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After a brave 4 year struggle with metastatic breast cancer my beautiful mother Mrs Meshar Mumtaz Bano returned to her maker.
My siblings and I miss her terribly.
I have recorded this video for World Cancer Day 2019 and hope it will assist others in the Pakistani and Asian community to talk openly about cancer prevention, palliative care and those left behind.
This January I completed my Social Business Canvas, Graduation Presentation and Reflective Artifact for the Badiri Social Enterpreneurship Programme and School For Social Entrepreneurs International Scholarship Programme 2018.
Congratulations to my peers on your graduation.
I wish you all every success with your concepts and businesses.
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