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Ivybridge Community College

Ivybridge Community College

Ivybridge Community College

ICC hosts primary school Fairtrade Conference

As part of Fairtrade fortnight ICC played host to 7 local primary schools with a Fairtrade conference that gave the students the chance to learn more about Fairtrade.

As part of Fairtrade fortnight Ivybridge Community College hosted a conference run by Devon Development Education.  Over forty pupils from seven feeder primary schools came to the College to learn what Fairtrade is all about and what it means to be a Fairtrade farmer.  We were lucky enough to be joined by Isaac Baidoo from Kuapa Kokoo Farmers’ Co-op in Ghana.

After a chocolate based quiz to get proceedings underway Isaac taught us how to greet each other in his language.  He then explained what Fairtrade is all about and what a difference it has made to his life, with pupils getting the chance to ask him any questions they had.  Other activities during the morning included taste testing some ‘Divine’ Fairtrade chocolate and writing some chocolate based poetry.  The students also learnt about Ghanaian adinkra symbols and designed they own bookmarks.  The last session of the morning involved the pupils thinking about what they could do to promote Fairtrade back in their own schools.

A big thank you to all the primary schools who attended, the Year 9 and Sixth Form helpers from the College, Devon Development Education and of course Isaac for giving us a real insight into life as a Fairtrade farmer. 

Sarah Morley