The Fairtrade Weekend is an opportunity to celebrate Fair Trade in your school by setting up a series of events that remember the farmers and workers who grow your food and the clothes that you wear. From Fairtrade treasure hunts, to Spot the Mark puzzles, from Fairtrade Fair to a Fairtrade Fashion show there are various engaging ways your school could join the Fairtrade Weekend.
A Fairtrade Fair
Organise a mini fair to celebrate Fairtrade Weekend. You could display Fairtrade products for sale, or put together a spread of food and drink options, such as Fairtrade tea or cookies made with Fairtrade sugar.
Stalls can also include an exhibition of photographs depicting rural life, colourful charts/collages/clay models and other craft activities representing what Fairtrade stands for. Invite participants to have their faces painted, or get painted “tattoos” on their arms with the Fairtrade Mark.
Have a cooking session with your class using Fairtrade products, and help them unleash their inner Junior Masterchef. During the session, talk to them about the products they’re using, where they come from, and why farmers are important to their lives.
Make sure you document their work with lots of pictures. Then, you could put together a scrap book of all their recipes, and add notes from each of them on what they learned about Fairtrade from the session.
Suggest to your class that they produce their own play or skit to highlight issues that cotton farmers face in India. Use Fairtrade case studies and resource material to enable them to develop fictional or inspired characters for their play.
Help students write the script, and in understanding the bigger issues. Design props/costumes that reflect reality. The play can be performed at a special morning assembly on Fairtrade Weekend or as a street play during the lunch break.
Spot the Mark Treasure Hunt
For secondary school, organise a classic treasure hunt where the participants track down the elusive Fairtrade Mark. While the game is typically an outdoor activity, schools can adapt to the space available and embed clues in the most regular (but environmentally-relevant) places such as water coolers, cabinets or behind the classroom clock. The treasure at the end is the Fairtrade Mark.
Each of these clues should raise an issue of sustainability, so students can learn about social injustice and Fairtrade through the game, instead of simply focussing on the end result. The game can be played in teams, groups of two or three, or even individually. Here’s an idea for clues that you could use for your treasure hunt.
Get your class to walk the ramp at a school programme with clothes made from Fairtrade Cotton. The models could also sport costumes made out of newspaper, to highlight the importance of reporting the rural crisis. Through the presentation, raise awareness about the issues that cotton farmers face.
The fashion show could also work as a tableau, where the cast is dressed up to represent members of a rural household. A narrator could then explain the issues that the typical agrarian family growing cotton in India faces, using these resources. Use the tableau to also highlight issues of debt, climate change, availability of organic seeds etc. Visit for more information.
Spot the Mark Puzzle Posters
Get your class to huddle around the Fairtrade “Spot the Mark” poster, our very own Where’s Wally-inspired puzzles. Students look out for the hidden Fairtrade Mark on each poster, which is tucked away behind an assortment of images. It’s an indoor activity that’s especially tailor-made for the younger classes (ages 5-8). Download and print out the activity material—the posters—here. To order a free copy, write to email@example.com.
Sample clues for Spot the Mark Treasure Hunt
Clue One (to be handed out to teams of participants and leads to the water cooler)
Every farmer will tell you so,
You need _______ for your plants to grow.
Did You Know? Fairtrade producer groups invest the Fairtrade Premium in rainwater harvesting projects, especially in rain-fed regions.
Clue Two (tea: sends teams to look among the tea corner in the canteen)
I started out as a medicinal crop in China five thousand years ago. Today, I’m a multi-billion dollar industry.
Did You Know? Workers at Fairtrade-certified tea estates have invested in their Fairtrade Premium in providing education scholarships for their children, health care programmes, and smokeless chulhas for their homes.
Clue Three (soil: send teams outdoors to look under the garden soil)
Black and red, desert and mountain, this is what sustains life. American president Franklin Roosevelt once said that “the nation that destroys its______________, destroys itself”.
Did You Know? Fairtrade producers commit to ecologically sound farming practices such as better soil management.
Clue Four (chocolate: leads teams to look behind the vending machines)
They’re made from beans, but they are not coffee. The farmers who pick them from their fields don’t always get a fair deal.
Did You Know? Members of the Harry Potter Alliance petitioned Warner Bros for four years demanding that the chocolate frogs sold at Harry Potter World should be certified Fairtrade.
Clue Five (energy: leads teams to look for writing pasted on the switchboard/around tube light)
Unless we find renewable sources, our planet will soon be doomed to darkness. Make the _____ to green energy.
Did You Know? Workers at the Bombay Burmah Trading Corporation Ltd have used the Fairtrade Premium to buy solar lamps for their homes and community.
Clue Six (trees: could lead teams to look inside crevice of barks)
I ______ could support an entire ecosystem, but I’m fast disappearing to make way for “infrastructure”.
Did You Know? Fairtrade Standards provide that farmers protect the biodiversity around them.
Clue Seven (30 minutes: can take teams to examine the classroom clock)
Every ___________, somewhere in India, a farmer takes his life.
Did You Know? Fairtrade empowers smallholder farmers and workers. It means better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade.