Lampeter schools celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight

Many Ceredigion schools have been learning about the importance of trade justice and the significance of choosing fairly traded produce. Schools in the Lampeter area celebrated Fairtrade fortnight with a special event.

On Wednesday, February 27th, Ysgol Bro Pedr invited its feeder primaries to spend the day at the school to meet pupils and teachers and enjoy participating in workshops with a Fairtrade focus. The day began with a welcome from the Head teacher, Mr David Williams, and a presentation by banana farmer, Sandra Joseph from St Lucia in the Windward Islands. Sandra is touring Wales at the invitation of the Fairtrade Foundation and with support from the European Union.

Pupils asked Sandra many questions about how bananas are grown and also learnt  how Fairtrade is benefitting her and her local community. This session was followed by five fun workshops: a banana relay race and making healthy smoothies with bicycle power with Amy Jones, PSE co-ordinator, a look at where are our food comes from with Miss Geinor Jones from Bro Pedr’s Geography Department, a Fair Shares lesson looking at how the numbers stack up with Numeracy Coordinator, Ms Rhian Wyn, a Fairtrade football penalty shoot-out with 5×60 officer, Arwel Jones  and a drumming lesson from Ghanaian master drummer, Emmanuel Okuni.

A hundred and twenty pupils attended from Ysgol Llanwnnen, Cwrtnewydd, Llanwennog, Y Dderi, Trefilan,  Carreg Hirfaun, Llanybydder, Llanllwni as well as from Bro Pedr’s junior department. Senior pupils at Bro Pedr were on hand to help throughout the day and set up a Fair Trade café at break time.

Ysgol Bro Pedr’s Head teacher, Mr David Williams, stated “ As a school we were delighted to be a part of a day which proved to be an excellent educational experience, and an awareness raising event for both staff and pupils. We are eager to develop our young people as citizens who take pride in their local and national identity, but who also see themselves as citizens of the world. Events like this do much to improve their understanding of the plight of others, but also of the excellent work that is happening under the Fairtrade banner. It was encouraging to receive a resoundingly positive feedback from the young people themselves, who evidently enjoyed the day. On a personal level, I would like to extend my sincere thanks all who contributed from near and afar!”

The event was organised by Ysgol Bro Bedr and Ceredigion County Council  Department of Education and Community Services. Many thanks to all who helped make the event such a success including the Co-op who donated Fairtrade goods and Sainsburys who contributed some samples of Fairtrade produce.