Who’s a Fairtrade School… We are! :)
Ysgol John Bright is celebrating its achievement at becoming the highest performing Fairtrade School.
There are three levels of accreditation to become a Fairtrade School, with each level having its unique set of challenges. To achieve the highest ‘Fair Active’ level Ysgol John Bright had to demonstrate its commitment to supporting, using and promoting Fairtrade products wherever possible. This has included embedding Fairtrade issues into the curriculum as well as using Fairtrade products around the school, including meals in the school restaurant and refreshments to guests. Students were even visited by a Fairtrade sugar cane farmer from Malawi who told them how Fairtrade has allowed his village to have electricity installed.
Assistant Headteacher Mr Ben Williams said “It has taken us 18 months to become the highest level of Fairtrade School but we want to support and promote Fairtrade so that everyone in our school can help farmers and workers in marginalised countries who struggle to survive and provide for their families. We have been working very closely with the Llandudno Fairtrade Committee to be involved in community projects. We are very proud of the students and staff in what they have achieved.”
The theme of Fairtrade Fortnight this year is ‘breakfast’ so we are also working in partnership with the Food Cooperative Sustainability Project to host a late breakfast for invited guests using local and Fairtrade ingredients prepared by the students.
Ysgol John Bright is committed to supporting, using and promoting Fairtrade, wherever possible. We believe that Fairtrade can make a difference to the lives of young people throughout the world by improving living and working conditions for the people who grow the things we buy.
What Is Fairtrade?
With Fairtrade you have the power to change the world every day. With one simple choice you can get farmers a better deal. And that means they can make their own decisions, control their futures and lead the dignified life everyone deserves.
What Fairtrade Does…
Fairtrade is about better prices, decent working conditions and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers.
It’s about supporting the development of thriving farming and worker communities that have more control over their futures and protecting the environment in which they live and work.
Fairtrade Fortnight 2016
As Martin Luther King famously said, ‘before you finish eating breakfast in the morning, you’ve depended on more than half the world’. Despite our dependence on farmers and workers for the foods, drinks and products that we love, about 795 million people are undernourished globally.
The people who grow the food we take for granted can’t always feed their own families. We can support farmers and workers to put food on the table for their families by harnessing the power of a Fairtrade breakfast.
When people are paid a fairer price, they can have more control over their lives when times are hard, and worry less about how they will feed their families. Whether it’s the extra cash in their pockets or being able to expand their farms to grow more food to eat, Fairtrade means many farmers and workers are able to fulfil a basic human need – to put enough food on the table for the people they care about, all year round.
During Fairtrade Fortnight, we will be encouraging campaigners to inspire Big Fairtrade Breakfasts in their community – and wake others up to the challenges facing farmers and workers.
Will you help us get as many people as possible to eat a Fairtrade breakfast in your community during Fairtrade Fortnight?
Visit www.fairtrade.org.uk to find all the information you need.