Become a Fair Trade School



Goal 3: Learn about Fair Trade


  • Teach Fair Trade in at least one subject, in at least one year group, covering basic concepts on Fair Trade. 

Fair Trade is a fantastic way for us to learn about how we are connected to others around the world, what the impact of our consumption choices are, and what our roles are as global citizens. Taking part in Fair Trade activities helps students understand sustainability, as well as teamwork, enterprise, problem-solving, creativity and persuasion. What’s more, all this can be conveyed in very creative and fun ways!

There are so many Fair Trade products available in Hong Kong, it’s easy to find one that students like and can relate to, such as chocolate, cookies, handicrafts, jams, teas, herbs, dried fruits, snack bars… and the list goes on!



Fair Trade needs to be taught within the curriculum. Here are some ideas on concepts that should be covered within the lesson:
  • What is international trade, how does it work, who benefits?
  • What are the issues and challenges around international trade?
  • What is Fair Trade?
  • How do producers benefit from Fair Trade?
  • Other than supporting and promoting Fair Trade, what else can we do?



Fair Trade can be taught in a wide range of classes, such as:

  • Liberal Studies (under Globalisation and Sustainable Development)
  • Geography (under Trade and Investment)
  • Business and Economics (under Business Ethics and Development of Developing Economics)
  • Philosophy and Religious Studies


Other ideas include:

  • Cooking class: using Fair Trade ingredients during cooking classes and introduce Fair Trade
  • Information, Communication and Technology: Fair Trade can be easily integrated to projects, such as website design




Step it up!
  • Teach Fair Trade to more year groups, so that more students will share the learning experience
  • Encourage other teachers to include Fair Trade in their subjects, too!