This week, we have a guest blogger for you – our schools worker Sarah Lart. We hope you enjoy reading about some of the work she has been involved in during the last academic year.
Being Fair Do’s Schools worker is a very rewarding job. There is plenty of variety and lots of fun, and sometimes chocolate!
We have over 120 school contacts all over SE Wales. I don’t like to overload their inboxes so I usually send two or three information emails each term, including details of new resources I have found, fair trade related opportunities and any other relevant information.
This year we’ve had quite a few visits from primary schools at the shop. Six to eight children come with a teacher or two, to do our activities; a quiz around the shop and a map activity. This year one of the local secondary schools came to visit and tried out our new numeracy activity on cocoa prices. In the next few weeks we should have a new textile related activity – probably for secondary pupils as well.
I have been able to visit a few local schools, which is always interesting. One visit resulted from a young girl coming into the shop with her mother and taking leaflets back into school.
Just before Fairtrade Fortnight we kept the shop open for an extra hour one night to be sure that teachers were able to get to us to collect their resources and posters. We have resources available for teachers to borrow all the time and have also received a box of the Fairtrade Foundations school packs to give out.
The highlight of the year came at the end of June. On the same day we had a visit from a coffee producer from Nicaragua and the fair trade walkers from Ammanford, both on their way to the International Fairtrade Towns Conference in Bristol. At short notice I contacted St Patricks Primary School in Grangetown as they were the latest school in Cardiff to get their Fairtrade Schools Award. They arranged an assembly with years 2 – 6 to meet Fatima, with Elena her translator and Phil from Ammanford. The children listened really well, asked some great questions and then sent us off with a lovely song.
I look forward to meeting more teachers and pupils at the shop from September and helping to support more schools to use and to teach about fair trade and to achieve their Fairtrade schools award.
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