Royal Blind School Supports Fair Trade

Posted: 23/01/2014 | Education,

Since 2010, pupils have been taking part in fair trade activities at the Royal Blind School, as well as being registered with the Fairtrade Foundation since 2011 with the hope of reaching full fair trade accreditation.

Becoming accredited is a huge challenge, but one that Royal Blind School Modern Foreign Languages teacher Mary McNulty is dedicated to achieving.

“The Fair Trade story in the school is a quite a complex one!” Mary says. “I started a fair trade stall at the Christmas Fayre some years ago. Since then, we’ve tackled various aspects of the programme and have enjoyed a number of really worthwhile and fun events, such as the Smoothie Bike morning during our last session.”

A number of classes at the Royal Blind School are also getting involved, and have focussed on fair trade as part of their course, for example in History and Modern Studies classrooms.

“Given the size of our school and the nature of our pupils it’s going to be difficult to satisfy all the criteria stipulated by the Fairtrade Foundation in order to become a fully accredited fair trade school,” Mary explains. “However that doesn’t mean we’ve abandoned the ethos.”

Although the school is not yet fully accredited, pupils and staff alike are taking part in fair trade events throughout the year. At the end of 2013, the Christmas Fayre included a Fair Trade stall. Royal Blind School pupils also had great success with the Rice Challenge last year, supporting farm workers in Malawi.

The Royal Blind School will also continue its support of Fair Trade this year. In the coming term, a number of pupils will learn more about Malawi, its people and culture, in the new Interdisciplinary Learning programme – and of course the School’s Eco Committee always keeps an eye on fair trade and promotes it whenever possible.

To learn more about Fair Trade, visit the Fairtrade Foundation

To learn more about the Royal Blind School and its activities, visit our website