Go Fair Trade: Your School. Your Dollar. Our World.
Middle Years 2011/2012 School Year
Go Fair Trade: Your School. Your Dollar. Our World. was a one day conference for Middle Years students to explore the people behind the products we buy, and how we can vote with our dollar by purchasing fair trade products.
Where do the products we buy come from? Who produced them? Were they paid a fair wage? How can we make a difference in the lives of millions of producers in the Global South?
The Manitoba Council for International Cooperation hosted five Generating Momentum for Our World conferences throughout Manitoba during the 2011-2012 school year.
What You Need To Know
- Students explored fair trade as an alternative to our current global trading system, and learned ways to help their schools and themselves go fair trade!
- Schools were invited to send six students and one teacher to participate in the conference. The cost was $15 per student (free for teachers), which included lunch and snacks.
- The conference consisted of an opening plenary, followed by three circuit sessions, a creative workshop, and a closing plenary.
- The conferences began at 9:00 am and ended at 3:15 pm
Sessions were 40 minutes in length. Students attended with their teachers.
Planning and Promoting
This circuit helped transform ideas into action! Students had the opportunity to brainstorm ideas and learn about the nuts and bolts of planning an activity or event, and raising awareness.
Students were empowered to be confident, relaxed and engaging public speakers. This circuit taught them to get their messages across effectively so they can spread the word about important global issues.
Rewrite the Rules
In this session, students explored ways that their school could contribute to building a fairer world, while understanding the impacts of fair trade and non-fair trade, sports equipment. Both teachers and students walked away with an awareness of the steps needed in order to get their schools to go fair trade!
Creative Workshop Choices
The workshops were an opportunity for students to work outside of their school groups and explore a creative medium of their choice.
Making a short video is a great way to get your message out to the public. As part of this workshop, students learned the basics of camera operation, storyboarding and how to set up a shot.
For those who like to make a fashion statement, this workshop went through the basics of how to create an original T-shirt design. Students learned about the silk screening process and how to design images with a message.
This workshop explored theatre techniques as a way of getting the message out. Students played theatrical games and learned how to build scenes through improvisation.
Students learned to take documentary-style photographs as part of this workshop. Composition was explained as the students played with light, movement and content.