8. March 2012 14:31
On Monday 5th March, ICS in corporation with the TRAID Charity organised a Fairtrade afternoon. Students had the opportunity to learn more about Fairtrade, and theoretical trade organisations working towards a more equal world.
Through different workshops we examined various questions such as:
Why trade should be fair?
How individuals can be part of a fair trade chain?
Which products come via Fairtrade and why should we buy them?
During the Practical Upcycling workshop run by TRAID we explored creative solutions to reduce waste of clothing through sewing, making and mending. The students enjoyed redesigning and remaking their old clothes so that they can still be worn.
There was also a Fair Trade Screen Saver Designer Competition for students interested in ICT and the winning entry, by Arthus Vielvoye (MYP4), will be used onschool PCs.
The most popular workshop was the Fairtrade Lunch Option - Making Fairtrade Food. Students in this workshop discovered healthy and Fairtrade food options and also baked a cake made of mostly Fairtrade ingredients - it was very nice!
Another important workshop was the Banana Split Role Play Game, where participants discussed how products travel from their original country to the shops of London. The aim of this game was to understand and act out the roles of a farmer, a plantation owner, a shipper, a ripener and supermarket in the trade chain.
Students and teachers spent a great few hours together enjoying the activities and learning about Fairtrade. We all look forward to the next Fairtrade event at ICS!