Manor Park’s Global Gang deal with all things surrounding Fair Trade and Global Citizenship.
Manor Park had a representative from Free The Children in school today. Jacob explained all about the organisation in a whole school assembly and then ran three workshops to help us think about what we can do to make a difference both at home (Aberdeen) and around the world.
The group was made up of 30 children from P5J, P5F, P6 and P7.
The day began with some fun workshops about teamwork and world issues, and ended with us making action plans for how we are going to raise awareness/money for a variety of issues. We will now be working closely with Miss Fisher and Miss Robertson to make these plans happen! Keep checking back for our excitign updates…
Free The Children background
Free The Children aims to educate young people on global and local issues, empower them to realize that they can make a positive difference in the world, and engage them in taking action on an issue they feel passionately about. In doing so, we inspire young people to make a difference in communities across the world.
Free The Children works with young people to start social enterprises, campaigns, fundraisers and awareness raisers to tackle local and global issues that they are passionate about affecting. We have reached over 700 schools in the UK and working with over 150,000 young people. Leveraging 18 years of experience, we offer award-winning free citizenship programmes, volunteer trips to Free The Children development projects, a calendar of exciting campaigns and a variety of curriculum-matched, free teaching resources. This is all though our customisable year long programme, called We Act.
We Act is our free, year-long active citizenship programme that provides young people and schools with the practical tools to turn inspiration into action. We Act transforms school communities through positive changes in student behaviour, heightened engagement and the belief that it’s cool to care. By signing up for We Act, schools also have the chance to apply for free tickets to We Day, our signature youth empowerment event. This stadium-sized event takes place on an annual basis, and is designed to celebrate and inspire active citizenship among young people in the UK.
We Day 2014, took place on March 7th at Wembley Arena, with speakers and performers such as HRH Prince Harry, Human Rights Activist, Malala Yousafzai to Brit Award Winning Ellie Goulding and Jenifer Hudson – you can read more here. We Day 2015 will take place on March 5th and there will be a chartered Virgin train running from Glasgow overnight direct to Wembley to ensure accessibility to the event for schools in Scotland! You can also watch this video summarizing this year’s We Day here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_eF3EyWEudk .
We have renewed our FairTrade School status once more and have been very busy getting ready for FairTrade Fortnight 2014.
All the classes were busy learning about Foncho and his petition to ban cheap bananas from being sold.
The Blue and Green Rooms organised and ran an Open Morning for parents and members of the community to come in and get a glimpse of some of the fantastic FairTrade work being done in school. Manor Park’s Dance Crew put on a special performance for all in attendance at 11am and were a big hit!
We have managed to raise £120 so far on the day are we still fundraising with colouring competitions and FairTrade snack items.
Check back soon for our final total!
After an excellent effort by all the staff and pupils, we managed to renew our FairTrade School status this year. Staff agreed to have their foot painted and printed onto paper or pupils designed a foot for them. This was to symbolise the FairTrade slogan of ‘Take a step’. Pr 3 and 7 also had their feet painted. A display was created with information about why the school wishes to be FairTrade. This was displayed at the front entrance.
Pr 3 and 7 worked together to produce an assembly which we invited parents to. This was a huge success, with Pr 7 telling everyone lots of information about FairTrade, and Pr 3 supporting with pictures. The assembly raised the awareness of both pupils and parents of the importance of FairTrade.