Six ways to teach about Fairtrade cocoa – and a chocolate competition!

Fairtrade Fortnight (26 Feb-11 Mar) is fast approaching and what better way to celebrate than with chocolate and our Pa Pa Paa education resources!

We called them ‘Pa Pa Paa’ because it’s the motto of the cocoa cooperative that we work with in Ghana. It means ‘best of the best’ in the Twi language.

To help you get started, here are our top picks for Fairtrade Fortnight:

1. 'Come on in' to a bar of chocolate

Our new Pa Pa Paa LIVE video invites you and your class inside a bar of chocolate. In this short video, Latif and his friends takes you on a tour of a cocoa farm while Roxy from Divine explains why Fairtrade is so important for the future of cocoa farming.

Watch our new video

2. Lesson plan - Trade: A fair deal?

Compare the lives of ordinary cocoa farmers and members of the Kuapa Kokoo Fairtrade cooperative in this lively and thought-provoking lesson. Can be used in PSHE, Geography or for spoken language in English.

View the Key Stage Two lesson plan

View the Key Stage Three lesson plan

3. Bean to Bar workshop

We offer school workshops which tell how cocoa gets turned into chocolate and how Fairtrade ensures cocoa farmers are treated fairly. We are happy to tailor the workshops according to your curriculum needs.

Learn more about our workshops

4. Primary: Be a Cocoa Farmer activity kit

Grab your machete, chop open your cocoa pod, harvest and dry your cocoa beans! Get your whole class involved in finding out how farmers in Ghana make the cocoa that goes into your chocolate bar with our kinaesthetic activity kit.

Find out about hiring our kit

5. Secondary: Find out how Fairtrade social enterprises are the future of business

Fairtrade Fortnight is a great opportunity for business studies students to find out about Fairtrade companies that are doing business differently.

Take a look at our case studies of four award-winning Fairtrade social enterprises

6. Secondary: The trading game

This role-play game is intended to give students a hands-on insight into the experiences of the different groups in the ‘chocolate production chain’ and will generate much activity, discussion and debate!

Start playing the trading game

Competition time!

We would love it if you could share your photos with us on Twitter of your class using our Pa Pa Paa resources. At the end of Fairtrade Fortnight, we’ll send our favourite photos a chocolatey surprise, thanks to our friends at Divine Chocolate!*


* How to enter the competition

1. Follow @papapaaresource on Twitter.

2. Tweet a picture of a lesson where you have used our resources. The tweet must mention @papapaaresource and have the hashtag #changetheworldchunkbychunk.

All entries will be judged by a panel from Trading Visions and Divine Chocolate. On 12th March the winners will be contacted via Twitter and will be announced on Twitter.