Caroline Hardaker is the Schools Co-ordinator at Traidcraft, and she writes here to tell you about how easy it is to integrate Breakfast Clubs and fair trade, and all the while learning about world culture.
This September, as part of Traidcraft’s ‘Show You Care’ campaign, we’re doing as much as we can to help schools convert their breakfast clubs to Traidcraft Breakfast Clubs, or even to set up a Club from scratch! We’ve created a straightforward step-by-step guide to setting up your Club, from finding a room to linked activities exploring world culture and human rights. There’s even a certificate you can hang up! These are free to download from www.traidcraftschools.co.uk.
People around the world are connected by breakfasts. Our breakfasts often include coffee from Africa, tea from Asia, juice from South America, cereal, fruit, honey… Commodities from the four corners of the world. As Martin Luther King so correctly stated; we’ve already relied on half the world before our day has even begun.
Traidcraft stock all kinds of breakfast foods, from muesli, fruit, jams, honey, and juice, to a huge range of coffees and teas for tired teachers, so there’s scope for creating a new breakfast every day! There’s no end to the learning opportunities too – as activities can focus on commodities, countries in the developing world, producer groups… You could even learn songs from the countries the breakfast is sourced from.
Holding a Traidcraft Breakfast Club can also help you become a Fairtrade School. Add a Club to your school action plan and you’ll be demonstrating your determination to make fair trade a real part of your school routine. Your Club will also be evidence of your school using real fair trade products every day!
To help schools make the most of Breakfast Clubs (and we have hundreds of schools who also run tuck shops, healthy snack stalls, and fair trade bake offs), we offer schools an invoice facility and discounts on all our products (always between 10% and 15%) to make it a bit more affordable, and so you can fundraise for your own causes by charging for the goodies or for attendance to the Club. It’s as easy as that! You can use the money raised for anything – some of our schools use it to fund a World Challenge school trip, and others donate it to a charity of their choice.
If you’d like to read more, visit www.traidcraftschools.co.uk or if you’d like to talk to me or our Schools Team, call 0191 4973999 and you’ll get straight through to us.
Hope to hear from you soon, and Happy Autumn Term!