8 - Fairtrade Samaritan

In this lesson the class reads the story of the Good Samaritan and draws parallels to Fairtrade.

Curriculum Links
This lesson plan links to non-statutory programmes of study in Religious Studies and Citizenship.

Learning Objective
To understand how Christianity has been the inspiration for some Fair Trade organisations and practises.

Learning Outcome
Children understand some of the links between Christianity and Fairtrade.

Resources Needed
Bible (Luke 10:25-37)

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Talk to the class about Traidcraft and about Fairtrade. Explain to the class that Traidcraft was founded by a group of Christians over 30 years ago who wanted to make a difference to those people who lived in poverty in other countries. Traidcraft call Fairtrade 'a Christian response to poverty.'

Main Activity
Read the story of The Good Samaritan with or to the class and discuss the questions on the Good Samaritan sheet.

Ask the class what Fairtrade is. Why is it important? What does it do? Discuss the connections between Fairtrade and the parable of The Good Samaritan. In what ways are we 'good Samaritans' if we buy a Fairtrade chocolate bar? In what ways is Fairtrade 'a Christian response to poverty'?Pupils may want to write their own story called 'A Fairtrade Samaritan'.