• Exhibition Boards(Difficulties:

Set exhibition boards in an open area like the hall and covered playground to raise awareness among teachers and students. The exhibition boards contain useful information and statistics for the introduction and general understanding of Fair Trade.

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Tips:

  • Borrow well-ready exhibition boards from Fair Trade Hong Kong
  • Announce the setting up and decorate the boards to grab others’ attention
  • Design comprehension task to engage students in reading the boards

 

 

 

  • Fair Trade assemblies( Difficulties:

Students gather in a venue such as the hall and activity room where they are shown presentations about Fair Trade. It is a good occasion for them to know and understand more about the situations of farmers and workers in developing countries. Talk about various topics including climate change, food justice and agriculture in order to make the assemblies regular!

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Tips:

  • Research stories of farmers and workers online to grab the audiences’ attention!
  • Invite students and guest speakers with authentic experience to give a speech
  • Liaise with the school to schedule the dates in advance
  • Make use of the multimedia to visualize the learning content

 

  • Fairs and markets(Difficulties:

Get your own Fair Trade business going at school! It is a super effective way to draw people to your stall, which means you can take the chance to explain to them what Fair Trade is all about. Fairs and markets are also good for engaging parents, friends, and perhaps even the community to take part. Fair Trade snacks sales booth would be an easy starting point!

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Hint:

  • Decide carefully on what products to stock, how much to price it, how to promote it, the logistics, everything!
  • Sometimes people don’t want to buy Fair Trade products because they can be a bit more expensive, but very often they are willing to pay a bit extra after explaining what Fair Trade is all about. Avoid being too fanatical! Build their values!
  • Keep a very good track of products and cash flow
  • Promote different types of Fair Trade product each time

 

 

  • Knowledge contest(Difficulties:

Organize a contest to test students’ knowledge of Fair Trade. It is a good occasion for them to expand their cognitive learning. Students of higher form have to set questions for others. They are required to research further about Fair Trade. Participating students consolidate their learning by peer-revisions and division of labour.


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Hint:

  • Draft a test coverage for students to prepare for the contest
  • Set exhibition boards before the contest to enhance students’ knowledge
  • Design the contest carefully to make it exciting. Set different types of questions like compulsory, elective and toss-up questions.
  • Work with different societies collaboratively to expand as an ‘academic quiz’.
  • Make it as an inter-class or inter-house competition to increase the sense of involvement

 

 

  • Campus sales(Difficulties:

Hold a stall that sell foods such as chocolate, cookies, granola bars, orange juice, rice, tea and coffee packets, as well as fair trade handicrafts and footballs. Share the Fair Trade ideas to your peers and teachers. Promote the idea of SWAP to Fair Trade.

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  • Invite local Fair Traders to set up booth to enhance the variety of products
  • Learn the stories behind the products. It will be useful for touching the customers!
  • Sometimes people don’t want to buy Fair Trade products because they can be a bit more expensive, but very often they are willing to pay a bit extra after explaining what Fair Trade is all about. Avoid being too fanatical! Build their values!
  • Contact the parent association for making parents involved
  • Keep a very good track of products and cash flow

 

 

  • Culinary contest(Difficulties:

Organize a contest for the most interesting recipe which includes using both Fair Trade and local ingredients. Allow students to decide which ingredients are local and which are Fair Trade. Grade the recipes based on how attractive they appear and how healthy they are.

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Tips:

  • Gather the recipes together and publish a Fair Trade cook book
  • Book the cookery room and invite judges in advance
  • Design the contest carefully to make it exciting. Allow teacher-student teams to promote a whole school approach of promoting Fair Trade.
  • Make live broadcast to enlarge the entertained group
  • Hold debriefings to review the variety and accessibility of Fair Trade products

 

 

  • Fair Trade gallery(Difficulties:

Make use of the talents of your peers! Visualize the situations of the marginalized farmers and workers in developing countries or the positive impacts of Fair Trade on them in the form of paintings, photographs or sculpture. Display them to raise awareness and develop empathy in trade justice!

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Tips:

  • Make it as a competition to encourage visual arts talented students to join
  • Work collaboratively with the art society to share the workload
  • Make use of empty wall spaces in the corridors and corners
  • Evolve into a wall painting activity

 

 

  • Banana run(Difficulties:
  • Students dress in a life-sized banana and run for the import of Fairtrade bananas! The event brings the message of increasing the variety of Fair Trade products in the local community in a fun and light-hearted way. Make it as a charitable event if possible.

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Tips :

  • Coordinate with the textile producers for making the suit. Try to use recycled or environmentally friendly materials!
  • Incorporate into the Sports Day
  • Make it as an inter-class or inter-house competition to increase the sense of involvement
  • Invite the media to attend the run for propaganda
  • Hold debriefings to review the variety and accessibility of Fair Trade products

 

 

  • Fair Trade Mapping(Difficulties:

Students work in groups consisting of 2-3 persons. Each group has a task to check the availability of Fair Trade products in different districts. They have to visit shops, cafes and restaurants to check whether they stock any Fair Trade products.

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Tips:

  • Make photos of the places with Fair Trade products. Use Google map to display them.
  • Publish a Fair Trade culinary guide book. Design routes for day tour in different districts.
  • Ask opinions from shop owners on Fair Trade products
  • Hold debriefings to review the purchase of Fair Trade products among Hong Kong people

 

 

  • Fair Trade city hunt(Difficulties:

Organize a town game for teams consisting of six to eight students. Each team has to follow a route by using a map and carry out tasks on their way. The tasks include challenges relating to Fair Trade, ethical consumption and other global issues. The winner is the team who carries out the tasks best in the shortest possible time.

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Hint:

  • Have a pre-hunt before you launch it
  • Coordinate with volunteers to ensure a smooth logistics
  • Design the route carefully. Allow different teams to play in parallel. Buy insurance for safety purpose if necessary.
  • Hold debriefings to review the popularity of Fair Trade in Hong Kong