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Schools urged to achieve Fair Trade status

Westmorland Gazette, UK

Schoolchildren across South Lakeland could help people living in developing countries, according to their MP.

Tim Farron, MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale, has embarked on a drive to encourage schools in the district to achieve Fair Trade status.

“Young people living in rural communities like ours can relate very well to the injustices experienced by farming communities in poorer countries,” he said.

“Learning that, of the 50 pence you might pay for a non-fair trade chocolate bar, less than half a penny actually goes to the person who grew the cocoa, helps us understand how important fair trade is.”

Schools can become Fair Trade schools by forming a steering committee, agreeing a fair trade policy for the school, incorporating fair trade in lessons, promoting it in the community and ensuring fair trade products are used in school.

Mr Farron said: “Becoming a Fair Trade school is a great way to learn about other cultures, about simple economics and about justice.”


  1. Campbell Keay

    How does our church achieve Fairtrade Status. What do we have to do ?

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