World Fairtrade Day

World Fairtrade Day (11 May) encourages consumers to buy Fairtrade products and to recognise independent farmers and suppliers. TES partner, the Fairtrade Foundation, raises awareness of global trading and educates your pupils about how the choices they make in daily life can impact on the world and other people. Traidcraft’s dedicated school resources include fair trade-themed cross curricular lesson plans.

Fairtrade assembly

  • Assembly plan and presentation on Fairtrade to help pupils understand global trade issues, featuring success stories from Ghana and Haiti.

Fairtrade poem

  • Discuss this thoughtful poem to explore Fairtrade products, issues and initiatives.

Resources from the Fairtrade Foundation:

Cotton and Fairtrade - ages 5+

  • A set of curriculum resources from the Fairtrade Foundation for geography, investigating where cotton grows around the world, the journey of cotton from plant to shop and examining the concept of interdependence.

Fairtrade cotton: from seed to garment

  • Resources for learning about cotton, trade and Fairtrade.

Fairtrade and India cotton farmers

  • Photos of cotton farmers in India to bring Fairtrade lessons to life.

Cotton Fairtrading plan - ages 11+

  • A set of curriculum resources for geography and citizenship investigating the interdependence of the cotton trade, life for cotton farmers in Mali and the difference that Fairtrade can make.

Fairtrade cotton resources

  • Posters, displays and videos explaining the basics of Fairtrade.

Resources from Traidcraft:

Fairtrade thought tree - KS2

  • Create a Fairtrade tree in citizenship to explain the importance of Fairtrading.

Fairtrade: Questions of justice - KS2/3

  • Is Fairtrade an instrument of justice? Have students debate this with these stimuli.

How Fairtrade changed history - KS3

  • Explore how Fairtrade has made a difference to the lives of workers across the world.

Fairtrade Superheroes

  • Create a Fairtrade superhero to help explain the challenges of Fairtrading through this lesson plan and case studies for history.

More resources on TES:

World fairtrade day activities: Journey of the cocoa bean - KS3/4

  • Follow the journey of the cocoa bean from tree to chocolate bar.

World fairtrade day: How cocoa is grown and processed - KS3

  • Use Google Earth to explore the countries where Fairtrade is starting to have an impact in this geography lesson.

The full Fairtrade story - KS3

  • Market the message and make a difference with this nine-lesson Fairtrade exploration.

Coffee beans quiz - KS3

  • Quiz your students: they may drink coffee, but do they know where it comes from or who makes it?

World fairtrade day 2013: The banana trade

  • A bonanza of banana-trade activities, getting to the root of unfairness.

Fairtrade stories: Banelino and Asobanu’s bananas - KS3/4

  • Follow the story of Banelino and Asobanu, two Fairtrade banana producers.

Fairtrade day activity: Blood diamonds

  • What really is fair trade? Decisions and discussions on diamonds for Year 9 students.

Fairtrade Primary School in India

  • Photographs from the Shree Padampar School, India, showing Fairtrade premium water and a Fairtrade premium compost system.

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