Last Updated: Friday - 09/24/2010
April 6, 2009
School promotes fair trade chocolate
SPECIAL TO THE WCR
ST. ALBERT – Students at Bertha Kennedy Catholic School here used Lent to raise awareness about the effects of chocolate production.
Children at the K-6 school sold and bought fair trade chocolate products in order to support fair labour practices, protect the rights of children and support sustainable communities.
The project aimed to raise awareness among students that our buying decisions affect the welfare of our brothers and sisters in developing nations, as chocolate production is linked to the exploitation of cocoa farmers and the use of child labour and slave labour.
Becoming aware of an injustice is only part of the process, moving to action is an important part of moving beyond helplessness and feeling that we can create positive change in the world. To accomplish this, our students can become involved in several ways:
Prayer: During Lent, we prayed for our sisters and brothers negatively affected by the cocoa and chocolate industries and for ourselves for wisdom to act justly.
Learning: In social studies and in religion classes, in all grades, students will be introduced to social justice concepts and learn about role models such as Canadian Craig Kielberger, who, as a 12-year-old student began to successfully advocate for children affected by exploitive child labour practices.
Advocacy: Students can work to create displays to promote fairly traded products, communicate with stores and businesses, encouraging them to carry fair trade chocolate products, and share information with family and friends.
Purchasing Fair Trade Chocolate: We are working to provide an opportunity for our school families to purchase fair trade chocolate.
Currently, these products are not widely available in our community.
Several years ago, it was difficult to find fair trade coffee and tea, now many stores carry these products for those wishing to purchase more socially-responsible products.
Instead of making a donation or providing charity, purchasing fair trade products offers a just and sustainable living for those who want a positive future for their children and communities.
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