Ask students to look at the 'Frank Does Fair Trade' activity and explore the issues raised there, on their own or in a small group discussion. These questions may help, to answer orally or writing in their books:
- Why are some things cheaper when made in other countries?
- What sort of products are being fairly traded now?
- How can the purchaser know that a product has been fairly traded?
- Would you be prepared to pay more for a fairly trade product?
Working in pairs, divide tasks so that half the pairs prepare a presentation as 'Quality Coffee Co' that offers good profits to shareholders in the UK and 'Kind Coffee Co' that offers good profits to producers in a coffee-growing country like Brazil or Kenya.
Students can find more background information about fair trade from The Lowdown.
As a whole class, ask some pairs to present from either side, so that general debate takes off like a simulated 'global coffee conference'. After the 'conference' it is useful to de-brief with questions like:
- Which side had the most convincing case?
- Is it possible for both sides to benefit?
- Are there really two 'sides' in global trade?
- Is this activity over-simplified or does it show economic truth?
- How can consumers in the UK act to improve lives for producers on other countries?
Students may like to build this scenario up into a drama for performance to other classes or as a visual display to promote discussion of fair trade issues around their school. This can be linked to setting up a fair trade stall selling snack products like juices, nuts or chocolates.
Research tasks on fair trade could include finding out about a community project to promote fair trade of, for example, cocoa from Ghana:
- What is the project?
- What crop or item is produced?
- How do the workers or producers benefit from the project?
- Who runs the project?
- Where are the goods sold?
Students can 'Go off on a tangent!' with audio and video clips, find out more on 'Get the lowdown' or test themselves with the quizzes.
Encourage students to explore active citizenship with the learning journeys. There are examples of Citizenship Action by other schools. They can 'Go off on a tangent!' with audio and video clips, find out more on 'Get the lowdown' or test themselves with the quizzes. Students who finish early can add their own ideas about global community issues on the messageboard.