The 2016 Fairtrade Fortnight runs from February 29th to March 13th. It is an awesome opportunity to explore ideas about treating people fairly when we trade with them.
In 2010 I went to Ghana to research a children’s book about fair trade in chocolate and football players. I met the cocoa bean farmers, their children, young footballers and children at Akomodan School.
The trip had a huge impact on how I choose to shop. I had no idea how buying fair trade products – and treating trading partners properly – could transform the lives not just of today’s farmers, but their descendants in the decades to come.
I created lots of materials about fair trade while researching and writing the book, helped by Divine Chocolate and by a practicisng KS2 teacher. You can access them here.
Free materials include:
- the first chapter of my Off Side book, featuring the football-playing son of cocoa bean farmers
- an interview with me about my visit to Ghana
- the story of how the Ghanaian boy I based my character on left Ghana – ethically! – to play for Manchester City.
Also, you can access a free school resources pack about fair trade in chocolate and football. It’s pretty comprehensive, thanks to the help I had from others.
I hope this is useful. Please get in touch via this website if you want more information.