Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Teaching about Fair Trade in Amman, Jordan

On Thursday, February 21st From The Earth's Marketing Manager, Abbey, visited Whitman Academy in Amman, Jordan to teach their 7th and 8th grade students about the importance and implications of fair trade. What fun!

In order to demonstrate this, each class played a game produced by World Vision wherein four countries were represented, each with different resources and at different stages of development. The purpose of the game was to make as much money as you could within the time frame given.

These bright students quickly saw the "unfairness" of being a country without opportunities. Additionally they were able to see the arrogance that comes with being the country with all of the resources. They tackled tough questions like; Do you give resources away for free? Do you sell resources to underdeveloped countries at a fair price? Do you exploit the underdeveloped country for your own profit?

The results during this game time were consistent with what you read in the international economic section of your local paper.

In the end, the students left with a little more awareness of how their buying behaviors affect the lives of countless individuals. From The Earth looks forward to future opportunities to share the message of fair trade with others in Amman, Jordan and around the world. Why? Because we all succeed when fair trade business practices are followed.

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