February 08, 2017

Co-operative Academy Students Get A Lesson In Fairtrade

Pupils from academies across the Co-operative Academies Trust had a lesson in global trade issues this week as participants in the inaugural Co-operative Academies Fairtrade Conference.

Hosted at the Co-op's iconic Angel Square headquarters in Manchester, the event was held to show youngsters how Fairtrade can make a positive impact on farming communities across the world and to encourage schools to help promote the Foundation’s message.

The day also marked the start of the Co-op’s two-year sponsorship of the Fairtrade Schools Award programme which aims to encourage children of all ages to take an active interest in the world around them and the food they eat. 

Organised by Co-operative Engagement Advisors, including Giles Hall, the day was made up of activities, presentations and interactive group sessions with Fairtrade representatives.

Giles said: “Fairtrade is something that both the Co-op and Co-op Academies are passionate about and we organised the conference to give students a chance to develop that passion.”

“Hopefully pupils will be inspired to promote the benefits of Fairtrade in their schools and community during Fairtrade Fortnight, which begins on 27 February.”

Director of the Co-operative Academies Trust, Frank Norris, commented: “We work closely with our colleagues at the Co-op for whom Fairtrade is so important and I’ve no doubt that this will become a popular and regular event in the calendar.”

12-year-old Samuel Bardsley, a pupil at Co-operative Academy of Stoke-on-Trent, added: “Today was inspiring. It has taught me so much about Fairtrade and how important it is. In buying food we can make good choices that help others.”

The Co-op sponsors eight academies in north England and was recently ranked amongst the best performing multi-academy trusts in England