Over nine years ago, in November 2003, Stonelaw High Fair Traders, a democratic, pupil-led ethical enterprise, was established, helped by a grant of £100 from the Young Co-operatives and Cleveland Development Agency. The Young Co-operatives Fair Trade business has grown from strength to strength over the years. Each session, pupil involvement has spanned S1 to S6, with pupils deciding which suppliers of fairly traded goods to buy from, what prices to charge and where to sell, in school, community and beyond. In nine years, our sales exceed £155,000.
All profits pay for school uniforms for Aids orphans and vulnerable children in Mtubatuba in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. Many of the children we sponsor attend Ikusasalethu High School which is located in a rural area with one of the highest burdens of HIV in the world.
As a natural progression, Stonelaw High School and Ikusasalethu High School formed a global school partnership in 2011, with reciprocal visits strengthening educational and friendship links.
The reciprocal visits in 2013 have been funded partly by a Connecting Classrooms grant through the Department of International Development.
The following four global curriculum projects will be progressed and evaluated during the visits:
Voices for Change – Gender Respect
Pupils have been reflecting on protest songs which relate to issues of social injustice. One particular focus this session will be for pupils to reflect on promoting Gender Respect, an issue relevant to the coursework of many departments.
Inspire-Aspire: Global Citizens in the Making
Stonelaw and Ikusasalethu have been asked to pilot the new modified poster programme, ‘Global Citizens in the Making’ this session. Focusing on the advancement of character and values education, this project is organised by Character Education Scotland.
This project will develop Travel and Tourism coursework in both schools. Learners will share information with their partners on the advantages and disadvantages of tourism locally.
Fair Employment – Fair Trade
Pupils will gather information about unfair employment experiences, contemporary or historical, which violated human rights. This information will be collated to provide a substantial resource for coursework in many departments. The project will provide an introduction to the issue of Fair Trade.