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Get your School involved in Fairtrade Fortnight, 28 Feb-13 March 2011

Tuesday 1st March 2011

Every year, thousands of schools across the UK celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight with events, lessons, assemblies, tastings and more. The Fairtrade Foundation has come up with lots of ideas and helpful teaching resources to encourage schools and students to participate.

The sky’s the limit when it comes to ways of showing off about Fairtrade. You could decorate your classroom with an inflatable banana. Hold a fun public event. Start stocking and selling Fairtrade products. Or take part in the attempt to break the world record for the longest continual piece of bunting.

Download a guide  from the website for a handy set of ideas, case studies and suggestions for your school’s Fairtrade Fortnight. The guide also has information about how your Fortnight event could help your school apply for the Fairtrade Schools award.

For Fairtrade Fortnight 2011, the Fairtrade Foundation want to show off Fairtrade cotton and highlight the injustices that make Fairtrade a vital lifeline for cotton farmers. Fairtrade cotton has been around for five years and they want everyone to know how Fairtrade helps cotton farmers in India and West Africa by giving them a better deal.

•    There are 30 million cotton farmers in 65 countries around the world

•    Cotton cultivation uses about 50% of all chemical pesticide used in farming

•    Cotton covers 2.4% of the world’s farmland

The Foundation have actually run out of bunting, however the good news is that your school can still get Fairtrade cotton bunting for your Fairtrade Fortnight activities - check out Gossypium and Fairtrade Fabric.

Visit the Fairtrade Foundation website for further details about free teaching resources for Fairtrade Fortnight.

 

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