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.''
Further reading and links
Happy New Year!
Happy New Year to all my fair trade friends and family around the world.
My right shoulder is still very painful and inflamed again and I have struggled to type this blog.
Despite my pain I managed to attend a webinar and record videos about PIE Community members expressing an interest to join.
I joined a couple of sessions about Mental Health and Suicide Training.
These sessions were organised by THRIVE LDN.
Translation in Urdu
نیا سال مبارک ہو!
دنیا بھر میں میرے تمام منصفانہ تجارتی دوستوں اور اہل خانہ کو نیا سال مبارک ہو۔
میرا دایاں کندھا اب بھی بہت تکلیف دہ ہے اور دوبارہ سوجن ہے اور میں نے اس بلاگ کو ٹائپ کرنے کے لیے جدوجہد کی ہے۔
اپنی تکلیف کے باوجود میں ایک ویبنار میں شرکت کرنے اور کمیونٹی کے ممبران کے بارے میں ویڈیوز ریکارڈ کرنے میں کامیاب ہو گی جو اس میں شامل ہونے میں دلچسپی کا اظہار کرتے ہیں۔
میں دماغی صحت اور خودکشی کی تربیت کے بارے میں کچھ سیشنز میں شامل ہوے۔
ان سیشنز کا اہتمام THRIVE LDN نے کیا تھا۔
During December 2023 I was invited to join the Powershift Inclusive Excellence Committee (PIE) ad hoc sub group to encourage and motivate new World Pulse Community members to join.
Despite my poor health and painful right shoulder I have recorded a video in English, edited it and added subtitles in English and Urdu.
Please kindly click below to apply as a member of the Powershift Excellence Committee.
Application Form link https://forms.gle/TUDeGiXwTtzqv4oh6
The date for the submission of the application form is the 2nd February 2024, but this date could be extended.
I forget to mention in the video that Community members must adhere to the following criteria:
1. Applicants must be World Pulse Community Members for 2 years.
2. Applicants must be World Pulse badge holders.
This December I continued to heal from my shoulder surgeries.
My right shoulder was very painful and inflamed again and I have struggled to type this blog.
I attended the last encourager party webinar for World Pulse 2023.
I joined the second ITC Webinar Series Export Essentials December 2023.