Edinburgh Fairtrade Schools Conference

9:30am-2:45pm, Thursday 29th September 2016
City of Edinburgh Methodist Church, 25 Nicolson Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9BX

*** This conference is now fully booked! Apologies to anyone who can't come. We will be running a live video streaming event with Samuel and Esther at the end of their tour at 11:00-12:30, Tuesday 11th October on Facebook, which you are welcome to join.***

A conference for pupils, teachers and support staff in Edinburgh. Get inspired by Fairtrade!

The highlight of the conference will be two special guests from Ghana. Esther and Samuel, both aged 15, are from cocoa growing communities. Their parents are cocoa farmers and are members of Kuapa Kokoo, the Fairtrade co-operative that co-owns Divine Chocolate.

Esther and Samuel are coming to the UK to talk to young people here about how Fairtrade makes a difference to their lives.

The conference will include workshops on Fairtrade footballs and Fairtrade cotton, plus a make-your-own smoothie bike, and an opportunity to learn how to taste chocolate properly!

The conference is open to students aged 7-14 years old. Up to 2 adults and 8 students can attend from each school. Places cost £1 per student/adult. Please bring packed lunches. We will be providing snacks and drinks for breaks.

About the kids

Esther Awusi

Esther Awusi is 15 years old. She is from Bayerebon No. 3, a cocoa growing community in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. Her village has seen many benefits from Fairtrade, including a school and a water pump.

Samuel Awuni

Samuel Awuni is 15 years old. He is from Kokooso, a remote cocoa growing community in the Western Region of Ghana. He has been involved with a child rights project being run by Kuapa Kokoo and Trading Visions.

About the organisers of the Edinburgh Fairtrade Schools Conference

Trading Visions is a fair trade education charity. We tell the story of chocolate, drawing on our partnership with Divine Chocolate and Kuapa Kokoo, a co-operative of Fairtrade cocoa farmers in Ghana. See our teaching resources on cocoa and Fairtrade: www.papapaa.org

The Fairtrade School Award is run by the Fairtrade Foundation. Be part of a global movement for change and find out how your school can become a FairAware, FairActive and a FairAchiever School. schools.fairtrade.org.uk

See our new film for schools about footballs: schools.fairtrade.org.uk/resource/6843/

The Scottish Fair Trade Forum was established in 2007 to promote the cause of fair trade in Scotland and to help secure Fair Trade Nation status for Scotland. www.scottishfairtradeforum.org.uk

Bala Sports was set up to expand the availability and use of high quality ethically produced Fairtrade sports balls, sourced from Pakistan. www.balasport.co.uk