Who are the Global Neighbours?
We are the Global Neighbours from Years 3-6!
We will continue to support our Fairtrade School status as well as becoming advocates for many global issues which we feel our school community can impact in some way.
We look forward to sharing our research and awareness by identifying opportunities and campaigns to make a real difference. We embrace the school ethos of supporting our neighbours both near and far.
Together with farmers and businesses, Fairtrade is working for a fairer future in chocolate.
Most cocoa farmers do not earn enough to cover their basic needs. This is in part due to unreliable market prices and an unfair supply chain.
In recent years, the price of cocoa beans has slumped. Disease and age are damaging cocoa trees, while climate change is making crops harder to grow.
When you choose Fairtrade chocolate, you know that farmers in places like Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana are getting a fairer price for their cocoa.
Farmers and workers are guaranteed the Fairtrade Minimum Price for their crop. It means they are more likely to be able to cover household costs like education, food and healthcare.
They also receive an additional Fairtrade Premium, which they can choose to invest in their communities and to fight the effects of climate change.
Are you getting into the swing of spring?
What better way of doing this than with flowers!
The presence of vibrant and fragant flowers in school can make us happier and improve our mood. Scientific research suggests that having flowers around can also help reduce stress and anxiety.
The global cut flower trade is estimated to be worth more than £88 million a year! But the industry’s largely female workforce often face limited access to education, low wages and repression of trade unions. Find out more here:
Flower farmers and workers - Fairtrade Foundation
The children in 2Lion’s Reading Cafe enjoyed the sweet and calming aroma of Fairtrade roses as they read!
Well done and thank you to our wonderful Fairtrade steering group! We are so lucky to have such committed and inspiring members!
Plastic Free Lunches at Oldswinford!
We have some good news to share with you! A number of children raised their concerns about the disposable plastic packaging used at lunchtime and in Grab-a-Bags. The Global Neighbours shared their views and acted on them. They wrote to our school Cook to try to find a solution to the problem of unnecessary waste and recycling. We are pleased to report that the kitchen will now no longer use disposable plastic containers for drinks and boxing and that reusable beakers have been ordered in replacement.
We are sure you will agree that this small change will have a huge impact on the environment, cost, sustainability and learning.
We have the power to make real change!