As Trust partners we join Honley High School Fairtrade Forum for their fortnightly meetings and are constantly inspired by their enthusiasm and commitment for bringing Fairtrade into the everyday life of school.
Last month we hosted a Q&A session with the students and Jason McCartney MP. We had last met in Parliament during Fairtrade Fortnight to launch the new All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Fairtrade, and we were all interested to hear how the group was progressing and why it was important.
We discovered that the Fairtrade APPG was formed by MPs with a shared passion for Fairtrade and concern for producers and workers. The Fairtrade APPG aims to promote Fairtrade within the Houses of Parliament in terms of procurement and to raise awareness with policy makers to make real change. Working with Ministers the group intends to put Fairtrade at the heart of trade deals.
Jason McCartney MP then turned the questions on the students, and we discovered that they too have a shared passion for Fairtrade, and concern for producers and workers.
These are just a few of their comments from our session:
“Large companies and people in charge seem to take advantage of farmers and it’s not fair. Fairtrade is important to give people the same chances in life.” Nyall
“We need positive messages from Fairtrade workers to inspire others to make a difference with Fairtrade. Some people lack motivation but if we appeal to their better nature things will improve.” Hope
“All people deserve an equal right and deserve a Fairtrade chance in life.” Ben
“Fairtrade should be part of our education, we should be taught about how Fairtrade makes a difference.” Gabby
We were struck by the determination from the students that Fairtrade should become ‘the norm’. We all agreed that change needs to be consumer driven and recognised that individuals, campaigners and Government all have their role to play to nudge people into making better decisions; ultimately succeeding in the goal of putting Fairtrade at the heart of Government and making it ‘the norm’.