'A footprint means pressing down and global means world, so 'global footprint' means pressing down on the world and we don't want to press too hard' (child's definition of a Global Footprint)
what is Global Learning? CoreKnowledge Key Skills Values and Attitudes what is sustainability? what about climate change?
what about climate change?

Fairtrade Fortnight 

Promoting the principles and products of fair trade. Fairtrade Fortnight sets aside two weeks every year in which the principles and products of fair trade are promoted and the links between consumers and producers are highlighted. For further information, visit the Fairtrade Foundation website at: www.fairtrade.org.uk. See our section on www.globalfootprints.org/fairtradeschools

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Traidcraft also have ideas for ways in which schools can mark Fairtrade Fortnight - find out more on the Traidcraft for schools website.

Global Dimension has some ideas to help your school celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight, take a look at the article for Fairtrade Fortnight 2009 or read through the article on Trade. You could also browse through the resources listed under the topics of fair trade or trade.


To find out what works in school, take a look at the following case studies:
» A primary school goes bananas
A trip to Nicaragua via the Botanic Garden
Liverpool Schools in One World 
Learning About Fair Trade Chocolate 
A Year 8 class follow the journey of a banana 
A fair trade awareness day

Starting point

The best starting point for seeking speakers or support for your fairtrade event/project is your local Borough Fairtrade Steering Committee. This is made up of local people who are members of faith groups, Non Government Organisations, charities, businesses, and the Borough, who actively support Fairtrade in schools and businesses in your area. One of their tasks is to increase school involvement in Fairtrade.   To find out how to contact your local group, go to www.fairtradelondon.org.uk/my-borough

Here are some links, briefings for schools on trade and the global, social enterprise and credit unions. These may give you ideas and starting points.
Fairtrade Literacy leaflet
Fairtrade Numeracy leaflet

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Links to our websites

Global Footprints Activities and education across global themes www.globalfootprints.org/trade
East End Talking A website for younger members of the Tower Hamlets community

Teaching Resources

The Trading Game Current world trading systems are helping to maintain the gap between rich and poor nations. These are systems that help strong well organised nations such as the USA and the EU states, rather than poorer countries. The Trading Game helps to show how trade affects the prosperity of a country - both positively and negatively. It is a fun and exciting introduction to the issues of trade, providing a simple outline of some very complex relationships. It is a valuable introduction to the basic issues that determine how the gap between rich and poor nations is maintained. Age: 13+ / Youth group (11-18)

The Chocolate Trade Game Trace the journey of the cocoa bean from tree to chocolate bar. And discover along the way the difficulties workers in the chocolate trade face. This game also highlights the positive part that trade can play in communities that are developing their economies. Age: 9+ / Youth group (11-18)

Trading trainers We all own a pair of trainers, but do you know where and how your trainers are made? This free 14-page game highlights the situation facing many poor countries that manufacture trainers – where working hard for a living does not equate to earning a fair amount. Age: 13+ / Youth group (11-18)

The Paper Bag Game This is a popular and highly interactive game that gives an insight into what life is like for poor people trying to earn a living. Focusing on poor children in India, this game challenges pupils to find out if they could survive on the streets of Kolkata. Age: 9+ / Youth group (11-18)

Dubble Explains how a chocolate bar is used to promote a fair trade policy for cocoa growers in Ghana. Includes games, school projects, television advertisements and background information.

Pa Pa Paa has a wealth of free, comprehensive lesson plans and resources for teaching about Fairtrade and chocolate

Bananas & (Cocoa) Beans investigates our links with people across the globe through trade in food and drink products.

Other contacts

Fairtrade Schools Do not forget to register your school to gain fairtrade status on www.fairtrade.org.uk/schools

‘Are you a Fair trade School’ an interactive DVD and CD-ROM with all you need to know about becoming a Fairtrade School. Price: £6.90


Traidcraft fights poverty through trade, helping people in developing countries to transform their lives. Visit  www.traidcraft.co.uk/schools for more information – they provide speakers www.traidcraft.co.uk/speakers,  they have a range of online teaching, learning resources and assembly ideas www.traidcraft.co.uk/publications_and_resources and will supply stock at a discount for running a school fairtrade shop or a mini-enterprise for students .


People and Planet is the largest, student network in Britain campaigning to end world poverty, defend human rights and protect the environment. The People & Planet network consists of groups at Universities, Colleges and Schools, plus many more, supported by an office staff team. P&P are offering to run workshops in your school, to book visit www.peopleandplanet.org

Oxfam visit www.oxfam.org.uk Ideas, resources and practical advice about how to develop Global Citizenship in your lessons.

Young Co-operatives give young people a practical introduction to co-operative enterprise by helping them to set up and run their own businesses. Visit www.youngco-operatives.coop to see you they can help your school start their own business.

Labour behind the Label supports garment workers' efforts worldwide to defend their rights. LBL educate consumers, lobby companies and government, raise awareness, and encourage international solidarity with workers. LBL coordinate the UK platform of the international Clean Clothes Campaign. For more information visit www.labourbehindthelabel.org

Divine fairtrade milk Chocolate has been launched into the UK confectionery market, the first ever farmer owned fairtrade chocolate bar. Contact Divine to see how they can support your event/project by visiting www.divinechocolate.com

Liberation The UK’s first and only 100% Fairtrade Nut Company. Contact Liberation to see what they have to offer your school by visiting www.chooseliberation.com

Trading Visions a charity organisation, established in 2003 to build a long-standing nationwide Fairtrade education initiative undertaken in partnership between Comic Relief, Divine Chocolate and Kuapa Kokoo, the Ghanaian cocoa farmers co-operative who co-own Divine Chocolate. For more information visit www.tradingvisions.org