There are lots of organisations that produce free high quality learning resources and activities about Fairtrade.
These are a few that are always popular with schools:
CAFOD have a host of learning activities, including a section on Fairtrade issues. The resources for secondary schools include some great ideas for a Fairtrade Enterprise Day, while the Banana Split is popular in primary schools.
Resources include The Chocolate Game – a simulation game that looks at cocoa farming and the cocoa trading chain. It takes about an hour and involves students taking on the roles of big chocolate companies, supermarkets, shoppers and journalists. The game highlights the role of international trade in the manufacture and marketing of chocolate and the way that the trading system affects the lives and livelihoods of the farmers.
Think Global have a great website where you can search for resources by topic, subject and key stage. Just type ‘Fairtrade’ into the search field.
These resources are created by the Co-operative and include lesson plans and activity ideas about Fairtrade and Enterprise. These are in the primary school and the secondary school sections.
Oxfam Education have a section called ‘Explore Fairtrade’ which includes a great action guide called ‘Farmers, food and fair trade: the global food system’.
This is an excellent set of resources produced by Comic Relief (with Trading Visions and Divine Chocolate). There are free resources online but you can also order a Key Stage 2 or 3 Pack with photos and a DVD. They also run Papapaa Live where, for an annual subscription of £40, you can view webcasts from a school in Ghana in a cocoa farming community.
SCIAF is the Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund, the official aid and international development charity of the Catholic Church in Scotland. They have a visiting speaker network, and focus on Fairtrade through their youth and teacher website.
Traidcraft have a network of volunteer speakers around the UK who could help with an assembly or part of a lesson on Fairtrade. They also have a special offer for schools setting up and buying stock for Fairtrade tuckshops in schools. Traidcraft have a huge variety of teaching and learning resources on their site, and run competitions and campaigns for schools and young people.
Trócaire is an Irish charity and the overseas development agency of the Catholic Church in Ireland. Their education team provide support for teachers, run school workshops, and produce a range of resources on justice and human rights issues including fair trade.