Co-operative Fairtrade Conference

On Tuesday some of our Year 7s made the trip down to Manchester for a Fairtrade Conference at Angel Square, the Co-operative Headquarters. 

The Conference was attended by pupils from all of the academies in the trust, this included schools from Leeds, Manchester and Stoke-on-trent. 

As all of the students walked in they were all given a brown paper bag, inside there was either a cracker or a cookie. Nick Crofts, President of the Co-op's Members Committee told us that 80% of the bags had crackers in, this was to represent the 80% of the people in the world who live below the poverty line. He explained that one of the aims of Fairtrade was to help more people out of poverty. 

"I like that Fairtrade gives extra money to farmers"- Truely Abdullah 

Then we all designed some fairtrade bunting to bring back to our academies. Everyone split in to groups with the other academies and had talks from Co-op and Fairtrade experts about what Fairtrade does and why it's so important.

It was very interesting to find out where all of the things we eat everyday come from, and how we can use this to stop poverty around the world. 

"I learnt that by buying Fairtrade we are helping people. I enjoyed it all!"- Teja Abbott-Freeman 

Manchester Creative and Media Academy shared with us their journey to becoming a Fairachiever school and gave us lots of ideas on how we could do the same here at the Co-op Academy of Leeds. They asked themselves the question "Are you being....Fair?', they looked at the Co-operative values and tried to make a difference in their own school. 

We'll be bringing back all we learnt in Manchester in preparation for Fairtrade Fortnight which begins on the 27th of February. 

The day ended with a Mannequin Challenge with all of the schools and the Co-op representatives. It was great to meet up with our sister academies and share ideas about how we can make the world a better place. 

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