The Jockey Club Fair Trade School Award Scheme, which is funded by The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust, aims at nurturing the next generation to be more active and responsible global citizens, with four main objectives:  

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  • Raise awareness and deepen the understanding of global citizenship, including ethical consumption, among teachers and students through Fair Trade education in schools
  • Nurture a Fair Trade Generation with understanding of the issues and relevant skills
  • Initiate a deeper self-reflection on consumption behavior
  • Put global citizenship into communal action

The Scheme has two cycles, which each of them lasts for two academic years, and schools can apply either in September 2019 or in September 2020. Through training of related concepts and skills, we target to empower students to advocate Fair Trade in the campus as well as in the community. Students with excellent performance can be nominated to join our overseas tours to gain a deeper understanding on Fair Trade and its impact on producers of developing countries.

 

Student workshop

After application, schools have to form a working group consisting of 1-2 teachers and 8 students. Replacement of members is allowed in the second year. We will provide at least three core workshops introducing the values and principles of Fair Trade, current situation of international trade, how producers in developing countries are affected under globalization, and how Fair Trade respond to these issues.

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Students will be able to 

  • Develop attitudes of fairness and social justice, and skills to critically analyze unfairness and inequality based on socio-economic status, gender and other issues,
  • Develop attitudes of care and empathy for producers and the environment,
  • Gave self-reflection and discussion with the other members about their views, and
  • Recognize their roles and responsibilities as a global citizen

 

School thematic talks

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We will provide a whole-school talk based on the theme suggested by the working group in each school. It serves as an introduction of fair trade and the importance of shifting to sustainable consumption, in order to arouse the interest of students on Fair Trade and ethical consumption concepts. 

 

Student-led school activities 

After the training, the working group has to organize in-school activities to introduce the values of Fair Trade, and raise awareness of ethical consumption among their peers, teachers or even parents. The activities can be in any form ranging from Quiz contest to charity sales, from dessert making to inter-class football match.

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Students will be able to

  • deepen their understanding on the values of Fair Trade,
  • demonstrate their knowledge and understanding, and
  • obtain organizational and problem-solving skills

 

Work experience

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The working group will have a 1 or 2-day working experience in a sustainable consumption social enterprises or Fair Trade Traders to get a taste of local market situation, allowing students to observe local customers’ consumption behavior, to understand passion and commitment to promote sustainable consumption of the traders, and to discover the producers’ stories.

 

Student bazaar

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FTHK will host a 2-day bazaar in the community. Each working group will be responsible for setting up and managing a booth, encouraging students to interact with local consumers, promote the concepts on sustainable consumption in the community, and to change the community.

 

Suggestions for a sustainable school

By the end of the Scheme, the working group has to submit a briefing paper to their school, with guidance and support from FTHK, to enhance the sustainability of school procurement practice.

 

Inter-school committee

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Each working group will nominate at most two members to join the inter-school committee, which will be the leadership for the inter-school events and will lead two inter-school events, namely a survey on teenagers’ consumption behavior, and a voting of “The Most Fair Product”.

 

  • Survey on teenagers’ consumption behavior

Provided with guidance and advice from our University Partner, committee members will be participating in designing the survey on teenagers’ consumption behavior and data collection from their own schools. The findings will also be summarized as teaching materials for participating schools.

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Students will be able to

  • Develop skills on survey design and analysis, which will facilitate their learning in Liberal Studies,
  • Have self-reflection on their own consumption behavior,
  • Identify possible obstacles of adopting sustainable consumption among Hong Kong students, and
  • Strengthen critical thinking

 

  • “The Most Fair Product” Voting

The voting aims to encourage students to explore the unfairness of global trade and the response given by different organizations or countries, and to develop their research and storytelling skills. We will provide training on understanding of social media, story writing, oration and media literacy.

Each participating school will nominate one Fair Trade product based on the story behind illustrating the ethical values, in which students will prepare online and offline communication materials for their nominated product story.

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Overseas education tour

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Outstanding students will take part in an intensive overseas visit to a developing country. The tour includes visits to local Fair Trade business and advocacy organization or farmer cooperatives, and home visits to producers families, so that students will understand the operating mechanism and possible constraints of Fair Trade.

Timeline

For schools participating from 2019/20 to 2020/21

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For schools participating from 2020/21 to 2021/22

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For any enquiry, please contact

Bonnie Tsoi, Project Officer

Tel: 3705 2488

Email:education@fairtradehk.org

 

For more information of The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust, please visit http://charities.hkjc.com/charities/english/index.aspx