Here’s a list of organisations that may help you to become more familiar with fair and ethical trade, as well as the issues that go hand-in-hand.
Paisley Fairtrade Partnership – a local partnership that helped the town of Paisley become a Fairtrade Town. It aims to continue promoting Fairtrade and to maintain this status. The website has details on local events and the groups involved with the partnership.
Paisley On The Web – in 2013, the town of Paisley celebrated 10 years as a Fairtrade town. Whilst the website itself has no dedicated Fairtrade pages, the blog section often mentions upcoming events, as well as those that have been and gone.
Renfrewshire Council – in 2009, Renfrewshire Council was awarded the status of Fairtrade Zone. The Fairtrade pages of the council website offer advice for schools, individuals, faith groups and businesses.
We have our own Community page too which we invite local groups and organisations to contribute to. If you’d like to submit an event or some information about your group, town, village or area – get in touch.
The Scottish Fair Trade Forum – established in 2007 with the aim of securing Fair Trade Nation status for Scotland, which they did in 2013. They regularly host events and help to promote Fair Trade and its principles throughout Scotland. They also offer advice on how to become a Fairtrade School or Nursery.
IDEAS – International Development Education Association Scotland (IDEAS) is a network of organisations and individuals across Scotland that actively support and promote Development Education and Education for Global Citizenship. Their website is full of Education resources and they also publish an online magazine called STRIDE, which aims to promote the ideas and issues behind Global Citizenship. They also have an excellent case study from a Glasgow school, introducing the issues across the whole curriculum.
Just Trading Scotland – with the aim of “helping small farmers and producers to work their way out of poverty and unlock their own potential”, JTS are one of our partners. As well as selling and promoting fairly traded products, they also provide Resources for schools and, like us, can help with incorporating the issues surrounding fair trade into the Curriculum for Excellence.
WOSDEC – currently with six centres, the West Of Scotland Development Education Centre aims to “encourage teachers and young people to be confident and effective contributors to a more just and sustainable world”. They promote professional learning and education focused on Global Citizenship and have lots of Resources available.
Scotland Malawi Partnership – launched in 2004 and born out of the University of Strathclyde’s ‘Malawi Millennium Project’, the Partnership was formed to bring Scottish-based, Malawi-focused groups together; pooling resources and information. They are also involved in education and can help to establish partnerships between Scottish and Malawian schools.
SCIAF – the Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund was launched in 1965 and now operates in 16 of the poorest countries around the world; offering particular help and support with preventing hunger, building peace and to those with and affected by HIV/AIDS.
Mary’s Meals – formerly Scottish International Relief, the charity was initially established in 1992 to help victims of the war in Bosnia. Since then it has grown to help children all over the world, by getting meals to children in schools and therefore improving their health, nutrition and education.
Traidcraft – setup in 1979, they have a wealth of experience and knowledge in addressing the issues surrounding fair trade. Their resources are extensive and easily accessible; adapted for schools, churches and individuals. They include downloadable case studies, videos and leaflets, fact-sheets and much more.
The Fairtrade Foundation – established in 1992 by a number of groups including Oxfam, Christian Aid and the National Federation of Women’s Institutes, its aim is to “deliver greater impact for producers, and engage even more of the UK public in shopping and campaigning for a better deal for farmers and workers in developing countries”. They have a separate site set up for Schools – full of teaching and learning resources, as well as information and guidance on how to become a Fair Trade School.
Oxfam – you may already be familiar with the work of probably the world’s most well-known charity. But you may not have seen the excellent Education pages they have, which cover a huge range of relevant topics.
Christian Aid – born out of collaboration between English and Irish church leaders in the 1940s, with the aim of helping European refugees post WWII. The resources pages offer a large range of activities and ideas to help raise awareness of global issues surrounding poverty. This includes lessons plans, activities for youth groups, as well as research and policy information. It also features their ‘Safe Place‘ board game which helps brings the realities of life for many people seeking refuge in to the classroom.
Save The Children – setup by two sisters in 1919, who saw the effect war had on children across Europe, the charity now works in over 120 countries and aims to help save children’s lives, fight for their rights and help them to fulfill their potential.
Positive Negatives – we discovered this organisation in an episode of the SOAS podcast where founder, Dr Ben Dix, talks about the need for Global Citizenship education in schools. They produce graphic novels/comics that help to tell the stories of complex and difficult issues to do with migration, war, violence and so on. They’re an excellent resource and they offer additional materials too. Their ‘Why Comics Charity‘ takes this further and is looking to develop age-appropriate materials for the classroom.
CAFOD – The Catholic Agency for Overseas Development, aims to tackle poverty and build peace. It has some excellent worksheets, games and activities available for download.
Development Education – this is a great website linking to resources, books and discussions on all sorts of issues around ‘development’. In particular there’s an interesting look at Fair Trade by Colm Regan, ‘Debating Fairtrade‘ which offers a great starting point for schools, faith groups, businesses and individuals alike.
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