In February 2012 we registered as a Fairtrade School and we are currently working towards achieving Fairtrade School Status.
On Thursday the 15th of November students from the Island’s primary schools took part in the very first Isle of Man Fairtrade Conference for children.
The event was run by the One World Centre Isle of Man and activities included workshops (one of which featured chocolate!) and a debate in the Tynwald chamber hosted by President of Tynwald, the Hon Clare Christian.
Teams from 18 primary schools across the Island took part and the aim was that the children who attended would be able to take ideas about Fairtrade back to their schools to develop projects and activities in support of the next Fairtrade Fortnight, which takes place in February 2013.
One World Centre Director Rosemary Clarke said “We are really pleased with the response from local schools to the conference. The Isle of Man is currently renewing its status as a Fairtrade Island so it is a good time to engage a new generation in the concept of trading fairly and helping them understand the impact on others of the way we trade.”
“We are particularly grateful to the support from the Manx Parliament Government and especially Madam President – it will be a thrill for the children to have the event in the very heart of Government and some of the debate taking place in the Tynwald chamber.”
The children who represented Arbory school at the conference were Oliver Sykes and Harriet Butler from Year 3 and Hallie Cregeen and Abigail Hamilton-Lacey from Year 5.
If you are interested in Fairtrade and would be willing to help with events organised for Fairtrade Fortnight in February 2013 please contact Mrs Young in Year 3.