Thea Discovers Chocolate
The next big storybook for schools exploring the 'World from our Doorstep' is Thea Discovers Chocolate, an imaginative non-fiction book featuring Thea, a teddy bear who leads children through a journey of exploring Fairtrade. Practitioners will be able to use Thea along with new Fairness resource boxes to involve children in learning about where their food comes from, the relationship between producer and consumer, the concept of fairness.
Fairtrade Fortnight 2015
We were delighted to welcome Mr Alvaro Pop to Cumbria during Fairtrade Fortnight this year. Alvaro is from Belize, and is Chair of the Toledo Cocoa Growers Assocation, which was the first cocoa cooperative to begin to produce Fairtrade cocoa, and has been supplying high quality cocoa beans to Green and Blacks since 1994! Alvaro was warmly welcomed by 14 schools during his hectic tour of Cumbria, and was invited as a key speaker at the Carlisle Fairtrade Schools Conference, the Crafty Food Fair (a celebration of local and fair produce, held at the Brockhole Visitors Centre), he was guest of honour at Millom Fairtrade Group's birthday celebrations, and even managed a visit to a local dairy farm. Phew, it was quite a week. Teacher Phil Marshall, from St Pius school in Barrow, said "It was a pleasure to welcome you both to our school. The children got so much learning out of the morning and I've planned follow up lessons based on the visit". And one of their Year 1 children sent a message to Alvaro "thank you for our learning about Fairtrade; thanks for visiting us."