Blackpool Fairtrade Schools Conference

Blackpool Fairtrade Schools Conference

Over 120 Blackpool school children attended a special conference designed to raise awareness of Fairtrade. The event was hosted by the Fairness Commission as it continues to campaign for Blackpool to become a Fairtrade Town.

The Blackpool Schools Fairtrade Conference aimed to inspire young people to support this bid and how they could take practical steps to make this happen.

The Conference was an opened by Dr Arif Rajpura, Chairman of Blackpool Fairness Commission and Director of Public Health with an opening speech from Bruce Crowther Fig Tree Fairtrade Centre on the importance of Fairtrade.

Supporting the day with workshops were Divine Chocolate, the Fairtrade Chocolate Company which is 44% owned by coca farmers.

These workshops included Smoothie Making, understanding why Fair trade is important, what is a global economy, how chocolate is made and most importantly chocolate tasting.

Appearing via video link at the conference there were two school children from Ghana.

Esther and Samuel, both 14, are from Cocoa growing families and their parents are members of Kuapa Kokoo, the Fairtrade cocoa co-operative that co-owns Divine Chocolate. They described their lives, working on a farm, going to school as well as taking questions from the audience including “which football team you support?”

The final workshop focused on what the young people were going to do next at school to help support the campaign to make Blackpool a Fairtrade Town.

Efforts to secure Fairtrade status for Blackpool began in February 2014 when Blackpool Council passed a resolution stating that it was committed to supporting and promoting the use of Fairtrade products throughout the town.