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Spotlight on Fairtrade resources

Are you looking for inspiration for Fairtrade Fortnight (29 February-13 March)? This year’s Fairtrade Fortnight is themed around breakfast, focusing on the producers who make some of the key ingredients in our breakfasts. Communities around the country are being encouraged to hold Fairtrade breakfasts for Fairtrade Fortnight.

It doesn’t have to be at breakfast time – you could do it at lunchtime, after school or in a break – it doesn’t matter what time you do it as long as it incorporates something that people eat at breakfast.

Whether you like to start your day with porridge, muesli, cereal, yoghurt, pancakes, pastries, muffins, toast or full English, there are plenty of ways to incorporate Fairtrade ingredients, from sugar and spices to fruit, jam, honey and peanut butter. And of course, you can wash it down with Fairtrade juice, smoothies, tea, coffee or hot chocolate! You could also explore ingredients or products made by, or bought from, co-ops!

The following resources have been created by the Co-operative College, with schools in mind, although they can be adapted for other groups, situations and audiences. They are all free to download.

Blueberry Day resource pack
The Blueberry Day Resource was put together for a videoconference and cookalong for co-operative schools that was held by the Co-operative College with visiting Fairtrade blueberry producer Chino Henriquez, General Manager of Chilean honey co-operative Apicoop.

The resource contains PDFs of the eight delicious recipes schools made and background information, as well as a PowerPoint presentation of a quiz testing students’ knowledge of blueberries and Fairtrade.

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Co-operate for Change! Fairtrade in Your School
A resource pack full of ideas, case studies, photos and activities based around fair and ethical trade.

The primary school pack is aimed at Key Stage 2, and the secondary school pack is aimed at Key Stage 3 and 4, with some activities also suitable for Key Stage 5. They introduce students to Fairtrade and co-operative enterprises. They’re full of background information, activities, games and teaching ideas to empower students to learn about and take action on Fairtrade.

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Co-operation! It’s a piece of cake

This resource gets students thinking about the issues surrounding Fairtrade and organic food, with recipes for chocolate cake, tea cake and ginger cookies packed full of ethically sourced ingredients.

By baking and sharing goodies full of Fairtrade ingredients, students will share wealth with producer co-operatives in poorer countries and put the co-operative values and principles into action.

Accompanying case studies and activities tell the stories of the producers behind the ingredients, and get students thinking about how co-operatives make a difference.

The kit also includes some stickers and other marketing materials for the students to promote their baked products.

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