Fair trade ethic beds in early

S50076H11 SH FAIRTRADE GT 12.12.11.'' Fair Trade ......Swiss Gardens Primary School ............S50076H11.
S50076H11 SH FAIRTRADE GT 12.12.11.'' Fair Trade ......Swiss Gardens Primary School ............S50076H11.

SCHOOLCHILDREN are passionate about ethical trading.

The Swiss Gardens Primary School Fair Trade group set out its stall, and managed to convince parents and teachers to help fight poverty.

Lis Telcs, teacher, set up the group, and said the pupils ran a stall selling goods from Fair Trade company Traidcraft, and took more than £400-worth of orders, 20 per cent of which will go back to the school.

“The children really loved it. They came up with the idea.

“It is important for them to know what happens throughout the world. It is about being fair, and it’s about justice for everyone.”

A total of 19 pupils, in years three to six, are members of the group, and share Ms Telcs’ passion.

“They, like all children, think ‘I have to go to school’, but they did not realise that everyone does not get that opportunity.

“It gives them information about the world they live in, and teaches them that other children have different experiences to them.”

The group has also been working with the Adur Fairtrade Group, and it is hoped the two, along with other schools, will be staging more events next year.

Robin Olivier, chairman of the Adur group, said: “I would like to thank the group for the work they are doing at Swiss Gardens, and the Adur Fairtrade Group is encouraged by the support.”

The project also linked in with the school’s work with its partner school, Milimani, in Kenya.

Pupils have all written letters to their African counterparts to build relationships added Ms Telcs.