Fair Trade Classroom Materials

Check out this page from the Fair Trade Resource Network with classroom materials to help educate young minds about the benefits and challenges of Fair Trade goods and structures around the world.

 

With all the problematic aspects of globalization and transnational consumer patterns, it can be hard to harness your purchasing power for good. Fair trade structures and programs are a potential resource to help you determine where your money goes after you buy something. Of course, there are tons of scams and oppressive, imperialistic programs masquerading as “fair trade” structures, or a product "guaranteed" to help women of X group in Y location. Be sure to do your research and be an informed consumer.

 

Of course, it’s still beneficial to educate kids about fair trade policies and options, so the next generation will grow up with an understanding of globalized markets and the exploitation of developing communities.

 

Here’s some of the topics of resources you’ll find from Fair Trade Resource Netowrk:

 

-workshop on fair trade cocoa

-fair trade and social justice activism lesson plans using sports

-environmental sustainability resources

-colouring pages with fair trade subjects for younger children 

 

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