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Teaching fair trade at the Manor Primary School, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Teaching fair trade at the Manor Primary School, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Teaching fair trade to Year 5 at the Manor Primary School, Dubai

I was invited to teach fair trade to Year 5 at the Manor Primary School, Dubai.

Sabeena Ahmed teaching Year 5 fair trade at the Manor Primary School Dubai September 2017

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 fair trade products come from? Teaching fair trade to Yr 5 at the Manor Primary School Dubai Sept 17

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.

Green & Blacks Maya Gold tasted by Year 5 Manor Primary School Dubai - Fair trade lesson by Sabeena Ahmed and The Little Fair Trade Shop

Children ate delicious fair trade chocolate Green & Blacks Maya Gold during the lesson.

 

Divine Chocolate tasted by Yr 5 learners at Manor Primary School Dubai. What is fair trade lesson by Sabeena Ahmed and The Little Fair Trade Shop

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.

photo here

 

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.

Yr 5 learners at Manor Primary School Dubai. What is fair trade lesson by Sabeena Ahmed and The Little Fair Trade Shop

Year 5 and Mrs Mercer - Manor Primary School, Dubai

 

Yr 5 learners at Manor Primary School Dubai. What is fair trade lesson by Sabeena Ahmed and The Little Fair Trade Shop

Mrs Mercer dressed as a fair trade banana and Year 5 - Manor Primary School, Dubai

 

Yr 5 learners at Manor Primary School Dubai. What is fair trade lesson by Sabeena Ahmed and The Little Fair Trade Shop

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.''

Fairtrade Foundation

 

Further reading and links

Manor Primary School

Fairtrade Foundation

WFTO 

Banana Link




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