9 - Fairtrade Pledge

During this activity the pupils learn about pledges and make a Fairtrade pledge.

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

Learning Objective
To understand what a pledge is and how we can take positive action on Fairtrade.

Learning Outcome
Pupils have designed a postcard and made a pledge to Fairtrade on the back.

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In pairs, pupils discuss what we mean by a “pledge” and think of some examples (e.g. I pledge to stop leaving the tap on when I’m brushing my teeth to save water.)

Main Activity
What is Fairtrade and why is it important? Word-storm some ideas as a class. How does it help farmers in developing countries? Should we all pledge to support it?

Explain that each member of the class is going to create two Fairtrade pledge cards. One they can use themselves if they like, and the second they can give to a friend so that they can make a pledge to promote Fairtrade.

Discuss the different types of pledges that they can make. For example:
- To buy fair trade sweets or snacks
- To tell at least 20 people about Fairtrade and why it’s important
- To write to the local MP

Divide the class into 5 groups and distribute different producer stories to each. Using the stories as inspiration pupils design the front of two cards. On the back of one they write their name and pledge.

Pupils write or stick their pledges into a class “pledge book” kept in a central place where the class is able to look at them to see whether the children (and staff) have kept their pledges. This can be developed into a whole year or key stage initiative.