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Pleckgate High School Open Their Doors To Celebrate Fairtrade

Posted by JoAnne Witcombe Regional Youth and Schools Campaigner

27th Mar 2013

On the 27th of February 160 year 6 pupils from 4 primary schools in Blackburn came together at Pleckgate High School for a event exploring the challenges and opportunities that smallholder farmers' face including fair trade. Young people got the opportunity to speak up on the issue by making t-shirts, writing poetry and making videos. One group wrote blogs about the event including Shabeeb, Aysha, Amir and Ashab. If you would like to hold a similar event in your school please visit Oxfam's events page for further information.

Aysha said: When we first got here we were learning and talking about fair trade and small holder farmers. Fair trade is when the farmers get a fair amount for their produce. Some people around the world don't get the right amount of money. Smallholder farmers are farmers with a small amount of land. We went into different groups and talked about 'planting, growing, selling and eating'.

Shabeeb said: The children had one big activity all together and then the children were split up to do separate workshops. Then we asked some people what they felt about being at Pleckgate High and this what they said "it was alright because we got poetry and the teachers are well nice. It was fun and I loved my day". They also said "it was fantastic and very cool, I had lots of fun!"

Amir and Ashib said: The day was a great success. One of the children said she really enjoyed the day because she met other children from lots of schools. We have all learnt a lot and hopefully in the future will support Oxfam as much as possible.

Further information about the day and videos made by the children are on Pleckgate High Schools' blog.

Blog post written by JoAnne Witcombe

Regional Youth and Schools Campaigner

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