Students in KS3 Geography lessons have been learning about the importance of buying Fairtrade. In their English lessons they have written poems for the ‘Divine Chocolate Competition’ that highlight the importance of supporting Fairtrade. Here is one of the fabulous entries that Sam, in Year 8, wrote below:
Fair Trade Chocolate
The sight of the chocolate made his mouth water,
He thought of the Easter egg he’d bought for his daughter.
The price on the chocolate was only 99p,
But the cost that was paid was more than that fee.
The money was paid and went into the till,
He was happy with his purchases, happy until…
His daughter saw the chocolate and he saw her smile fade,
When she spotted the chocolate wasn’t Fairtrade.
The daughter said what she was taught at school,
That nothing about chocolate was fair at all.
African farmers, they toil in the fields,
Work night and day to keep up the yields.
They harvest the beans, dry them off in the sun,
And never have time to have any fun.
At the end of the season they look what’s been made,
To check in their wallets, they’ve barely been paid!
With fair trade in action, the farmers are smiling,
The harvest is in the beans, they are piling.
The quality is higher and the prices are fair,
With money in their pocket, they take much more care.
His daughter convinced him that Fairtrade is best,
With respect to the farmers, it passes the test.
He returned to the shop to get back what he paid,
And the shopkeeper asked him, ‘So what is Fairtrade?’
Sam Best – Year 8