Fairtrade Fortnight 2020

Fairtrade Fortnight will be back Monday 24 February to Sunday 8 March. This year our theme is all about cocoa!

For these two weeks, we’re asking schools across the country to share the stories of some incredible cocoa farmers and their families. Through these stories, we’ll be talking about forest-friendly cocoa farming, the need for a living income, and how caring for people and planet come hand in hand. We’ve produced brand new resources for schools, including an exciting new film ‘Guardians of the Rainforest’!

In this film 14-year-old Beshey shares the story of his family, explaining how a group of cocoa farmers have come together to protect the Gola Rainforest in Sierra Leone, and develop their communities through Fairtrade.

The film has accompanying teaching resources aimed at Key Stages 2 and 3.

New learning resources for Fairtrade Fortnight 2020

On the right of this page you’ll find lots of new learning resources to use in your classroom! Start by downloading our three Story Packs to share with your students. Through these, you’ll have the chance to meet Therese from Côte d’Ivoire, Lucia from Sierra Leone, and Lucia’s son Beshey. At the end of each story you will find a list of suggested follow up activities for classroom learning. Click on the thumbnails on the right hand side of this page to find more information about the story themes.

Download our lesson kit on ‘Basic Needs’ to get students thinking about the need for a living income, or try out ‘Forest friendly farming’ to learn about an innovative new way to farm cocoa.

Celebrate World Book Day on Thursday 5 March with our new audiobook ‘The Story of Anansi and his Sons’. Use the teaching notes to help you explore the moral of this traditional West African folk story.

And finally, don’t forget to share the stories of cocoa farmers with the whole school by performing one of our new role play assemblies!

Are you planning an event for Fairtrade Fortnight?

Start by downloading your Schools Action Guide which is full of ideas for Fairtrade Events. Order your free Event Pack here for posters, stickers and more! It contains everything you need to organise and promote an event in your school and community. Don’t forget to tell us about your event for a chance to be featured in the Fairtrade Schools Newsletter! Email us at schools@fairtrade.org.uk or Tweet @FairtradeUKEd. Make sure you sign up to our newsletters so you’re the first to hear upcoming announcements.