Fairtrade fun at Wigtown

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Wigtown Primary has been running Fairtrade masterclasses, the aim of which is to develop skills in learning, life and work.

The school’s Fairtrade Group is developing skills in understanding about fairness, equality and global citizenship through visiting real-life places that support Fairtrade.

They have visited Cream o’ Galloway, the Co-op and Cinnamon in Newton Stewart. In the coming weeks they will have presenters in school as well as a visit to Sainsbury’s.

The school launched a programme of events by holding a Fairtrade breakfast for the whole community.

It sourced Fairtrade muesli, fruit, jams and honey, even chocolate spread, and raised almost £100 which will be used by the Fairtrade Committee to fund its “Fair Pay for Fair Behaviour” rewards.

As the theme for Fairtrade fortnight this year was “Take a Step for Fairtrade”, the school decided to have a Funky Footwear competition in which the children could design their own wacky shoes, and take the Fairtrade message to the community by delivering leaflets promoting Fairtrade.

There was also an afternoon of Fairtrade fun when children played Fairtrade corners and pass the banana.

The children are all aware of the difference that buying Fairtrade makes to the producers of the goods. They have a good understanding of the issues surrounding fairness, equality and global citizenship. Many of the children report that their parents choose Fairtrade products where possible.