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    Our Fairtrade School Status has been renewed for another year

    Great News!

    Dear Upton-by-Chester,

    Congratulations! Your Fairtrade School status has been renewed for another year. You will be sent an updated certificate shortly. Thank you so much for your continued support in helping to bring about a better deal for farmers in developing countries and a more just system of international trade. Keep up the good work as you will need to renew your Fairtrade School status again in a year’s time.

    Very best wishes

    Fairtrade Schools Manager

    What is Fairtrade?

    Millions of farmers depend on their crops to survive, but it is a risky business. When prices drop it usually spells disaster. If farmers earn less money than it costs to run their farm, they face real hardship, struggling to buy food or keep their children in school. They may even lose their land altogether.

    Fairtrade makes sure that farmers and producer organisations get a fair and stable price for their products to help them support their families and invest in a better future. Find out more from www.fairtrade.org.uk

    What is a Fairtrade School?

    It is a school committed to Fairtrade. This means it helps young people understand about how trade works and how to make global trade fairer. It sells and uses Fairtrade products as far as possible, and takes action for Fairtrade in the school and local community.

    Fairtrade at Upton-by-Chester High School

    Before we began the Fairtrade committee there was little knowledge or understanding amongst staff and pupils about the Fairtrade cause. We carried out an audit in October 2008 and the main recommendations were:

    • More students need to be made aware of the Fairtrade in the school, this could be done by having more posters, assemblies and events.
    • The students feel that the school is a community that is trying to make the world a better place, so this should be encouraged in a widely publicised Fairtrade fortnight.
    • Stalls at school events are noticed, so is there the opportunity to have them at other events? There was a real passion to take part in raising awareness of Fairtrade issues once staff and students knew the aims of the Fairtrade movement.

    The impact of the lessons and activities which staff and students are involved in is high. Both groups have become highly motivated in furthering the cause. Staff and students now arrange their own sub group meetings and come up with new ideas on their own.