Religious education

28th May 2004 at 01:00
The interest in fair trade foods can lead to an exploration of what charities are doing about overseas labour. Teachers can structure web and supermarket-shelf searches, but also need to look at the religious inspiration that gave rise to these charities. Many are Christian foundations, but are inclusive and give aid irrespective of beliefs.

Project work could be done on those 19th-century Christian factory owners who were concerned about workers and their families. These include the Quaker settlements at Bournville (Birmingham), Saltaire (West Yorkshire), New Earswick (York), and Quarry Bank (Styal, Cheshire).

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