30th May 2003 at 01:00
* Make a display of Fairtrade items and investigate the packaging to discover where they originated. Plot these places on a map of the world and research the climate and geography of each region.

* Organise a school event using only Fairtrade products and invite the whole school and parents. Use the opportunity to explain the ideas behind the work of the Fairtrade Foundation. Make displays and prepare short presentations.

* Write letters to local supermarkets asking about their policy on stocking Fairtrade products. Then write again in response to positive or negative replies.

* Conduct a survey to find out how many children and adults in the school know about Fairtrade products andor have any at home? Record the results in graphs, tables or charts.

* Compare Fairtrade prices with similar branded or store products (the internet is useful here) and plot the results in a graph.

* Investigate different types of products sold by Fairtrade.

* Investigate the history of coffee production.

* Undertake role-play activities in a scenario where a farmer, a buyer, a trader, a supermarket owner and a trader meet. Have each argue their point of view in front of a "studio" audience.

* Write a school policy document on the use of Fairtrade products. Present the policy to the school council, the management team and governors. Can these different groups be influenced?

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