On Thursday 8th May, members of the Justice and Peace Group held various events in the school to highlight “Unfair Trade” practices in the world.
The students focused on the difficult conditions of labour for many workers in the Developing World, and also on the unfair nature of world trade rules between the Developed World and the Global South. The Justice and Peace students researched these areas and put together a range of thought provoking events to raise awareness and challenge decision making with regard to consumer choice.
Activities included a “simulated sweatshop” for Second Years where students experienced what it felt like to work in overcrowded, dimly lit conditions as they performed their sewing “quotas”. Fifth Year students took part in a “Trade Game” which saw them compete against each other for control of Developing Country resources, again highlighting unfair global power structures. Students were also a shown thought-provoking presentation, made by Third and Fourth Year students regarding many critical issues in connection with global trade practices.
To involve some of the many enthusiastic bakers in the school, some students took part in “Fair Trade Brownie Bake” where they were challenged to use as many Fair Trade ingredients as possible in their baking, The winning First Year group used an impressive amount of Fair Trade ingredients, all bought locally to produce their delicious fare. Well done girls!
The Justice and Peace group worked enthusiastically on this project and we look forward to welcoming more students of any year into the group next year. Thanks to Ms Healy also for her assistance.