Britain plays a key role in helping the world’s poorest people through its overseas aid commitments and its support for fair and ethical trade in developing countries. It was a pleasure for Dan to visit Debenham High School to give his support to three year 11 students who are raising awareness of the benefits of Fairtrade as part of their GCSE citizenship project. Dan joined the students at break time to help sell Fairtrade sweets, chocolates and handmade crafts before listening to the three students run a class for year 7 pupils on the benefits of ethically traded foods for farmers and producers in developing countries. Buying Fairtrade-labelled products guarantees that farmers in developing countries are paid a premium on top of the normal market rate for their produce.
Debenham High School is one of the highest performing schools in Suffolk, and in January 2011 became an academy, which provides it with greater financial independence and flexibility regarding its curriculum. The school has made great progress under Head Teacher Mike Crawshaw, and was rated as ‘outstanding’ in every category in its latest Ofsted report in 2008. Dan would like to thank the students and staff for inviting him to take part in the day’s activities which he very much enjoyed.
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