Fairtrade Fortnight took place between Monday 24th February and Sunday 8th March. This year our theme was all about cocoa!
For these two weeks, schools across the country shared the stories of some incredible cocoa farmers and their families. Through these stories, students and teachers learnt about forest-friendly cocoa farming, the need for a living income, and how caring for people and planet come hand in hand. We 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.
On the right of this page you’ll find lots of new learning resources which can be used at home, or in the classroom! Start by downloading our three Story Packs to share with your students or children. 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. 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.
Schools celebrated World Book Day on Thursday 5 March with our new audiobook ‘The Story of Anansi and his Sons‘. This audiobook can be used at any time of the year, and the teaching notes to help you explore the moral of this traditional West African folk story.
The passion and creativity from schools across the country during Fairtrade Fortnight was truly inspiring. Many thanks to all of the schools who told the stories of our remarkable women cocoa farmers. Keep an eye on our news page for Fairtrade Fortnight highlights coming soon. Make sure you sign up to our newsletters so you’re the first to hear upcoming announcements.
Fortnight may be over, but the story of our farmers and their struggle for a dignified life is far from over. This Fortnight was a moment to highlight the injustices faced by farmers around the world. Keep sharing the stories, keep asking for Fairtrade, and keep buying the products to help create the world you want to see.