It started with fairly traded chocolate. Now the school’s support and involvement in Fair Trade is continuing to grow.
Ten members of the Student Voice team visited Honley High School in Halifax to find out more about fair trade issues and the steps we can take as a school and as individuals to ensure that producers receive a fair price for the goods we use everyday.
Returning fired up with enthusiasm, the members of the team have committed to moving the school forward in how we approach Fair Trade. Fair Trade Fridays have introduced a range of drinks and snacks for sale, helping to raise awareness around school. Fairly traded tea, coffee and sugar are available for meetings.
The changes we have made mean that the school has been recognised as a Fair Aware and a Fair Active school, awards given by the national Fairtrade Foundation. The next step will be to move towards gaining the Fairachiever Award. As well as taking action to support Fairtrade, students across the school learn more about Fair Trade issues.
The 90kg Rice Challenge
A first practical step we have taken to raise our involvement in Free Trade is the 90kg Rice Challenge. We have ordered 90 1kg bags of fairly traded rice from Malawi in southern Africa, which will be available for sale.
90kg is the amount of rice a farmer in Malawi has to sell to enable him to send a child to secondary school for a year. By selling the rice we will help to give and education to children in that country. This is now of even greater importance after Cyclone Idai caused major disruption in the country last month.
The rice is expected to arrive soon after the Easter holiday and can be pre-ordered from the school by email to the Year 7 Year Manager Mrs Imeson.
Taking part in the challenge is helping students throughout the school to learn about trade issues and the good that fair trade is doing around the world.