Campaign aims to increase awareness

Children who are promoting Fair Trade at St Joseph's RC Primary School. Back from left - Noah Lassey, nine, Alex Kaye, ten, Sarah Tighe, eight, Lydia Oakland, ten and front, Oscar Bryan, nine, and Joely O'Brien, nine
Children who are promoting Fair Trade at St Joseph's RC Primary School. Back from left - Noah Lassey, nine, Alex Kaye, ten, Sarah Tighe, eight, Lydia Oakland, ten and front, Oscar Bryan, nine, and Joely O'Brien, nine

CHILDREN at a Brighouse school are stepping up their campaign to raise awareness of Fair Trade products.

The school council at St Joseph’s RC Primary School is looking at ways it can encourage fellow pupils and parents to start purchasing the Fair Trade products - which aim to help producers in developing countries make better trading conditions and promote sustainability - in supermarkets.

They have already set up a Fair Trade tuck shop with various snacks which seemed to be a huge hit with the pupils and have even introduced ‘Fair Trade Fred’ who could become the school’s mascot.

Head teacher Mary Hodges said they started learning about Fair Trade last year with deputy head, Mrs Claire Bonner, but the campaign had stepped up since they started back in September. “The school council and teacher Miss Emma Ronson are really driving the campaign forwards and the chair of governors, Ian Goulding, likes to be informed and involved.

“The council has put together a school policy for the campaign which myself and Mr Goulding have signed and that is what we are working towards to try to promote Fair Trade within school activities as well as we can.

“The person who puts in all the graft needs to get a good deal and that is what we are trying to raise the awareness off and get the school on board. Parents do send in their packets so we know there is support.”

She said there were events planned including an Easter egg raffle in the lead up to Easter using Fair Trade eggs

Pupil Joely O’Brien was involved in the campaign and said the reason why she supported it was because the people who made the products deserved to receive the money. She said they were also trying to encourage the school to use Fair Trade tea and coffee at school events like the disco and they intended on using Fair Trade footballs and were trying to find Fair Trade netballs for the annual tournament.

The school became involved in Fair Trade as a natural progression from the work and support they do for CAFOD - Catholic Overseas Development Agency.