Continuing our look at Fairtrade chocolate

To begin today’s lesson, Mr Stanley drew two chocolate bars on the whiteboard and asked the class to deliberate on what factors would lead to them buying one bar or the other. The children came up with the following considerations:

  • Taste/texture
  • Price
  • Size
  • Special offers/promotions
  • Fairtrade mark
  • Advertising
  • Brand
  • Type (dark, milk or white)
  • Quality
  • Condition

We then looked at what the Fairtrade mark actually means and identified the four key components of this:

  • It means farmers and workers get better wages and working conditions
  • It guarantees a fair price for the producers
  • It provides extra money to go to the community
  • Allows small farmers to join together in cooperatives to sell their products.

We discussed how community money might be used to improve sanitation, provide teachers for a school,improve medical care or to build housing. Next, we looked closely at the different stages of the journey from producer to consumer and arranged them in the correct order.

  1. After he has scraped the cocoa beans out of the cocoa pod, the farmer leaves them to dry.
  2. The dried cocoa beans are weighed.
  3. The sacks of cocoa beans are loaded onto a ship, ready to be brought from Africa to Europe
  4. The cocoa beans are ground. Milk and sugar are added to make chocolate – yummy!
  5. Chocolate bars are formed, wrapped and packed. Then they are delivered to the shops.

Mr Stanley then outlined one final task before we evaluate the learning unit. The children have been set the task of writing to Tesco persuading them to stock a new Ugandan Fairtrade product – Crested Crane Chocolate. They have also been asked to design the chocolate bar and a new Fairtrade Mark. The results of this will be seen in the next blog post.

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