‘Fair Trade’ will benefit a wide range of formal and informal educational settings. In schools, colleges and universities with teachers, lecturers and parents. In youth groups and via charities to help young and old learn about a range of complex societal injustices such as drug use, county lines, grooming, child exploitation, racial stereotyping, labelling, privilege, socio-economic disadvantage, cultural capital, violence and crime.
‘Fair Trade’ gets the conversation going with a story that is multi-layered, relevant and visually stimulating. Show it in parts, all the way through or even several times and new themes emerge.
The film is 17 minutes, long enough to explore the issues, short enough to open the door for discussion in educational settings. It is vital that we discuss these issues with all audiences to work to inform and empower communities to make local changes. Communities need to be equipped with subject knowledge relating to what is happening, and skills to know what to do about it. Pressing policymakers to develop national and international solutions for long lasting systemic improvements.
Hans Svennevig BA (Hons) PGCE QTS QTLS MA
Senior Teaching Fellow Citizenship Education
Subject Leader Citizenship PGCE
UCL Institute of Education
The following lesson plan and resources have been produced to help educate young people on the issues raised within the film.
Through analysis of Fair Trade, the lesson’s aims are to help students better understand how grooming, recreational drug use (particularly of the white middle-classes) and county lines are linked to youth violence, and to challenge popular media narratives on the reasons behind youth violence in the UK. The lesson will also give vital information on what young people should do if they witness or become involved in the issues discussed.
This lesson would be most suited to a Year 9 or 10 class, but can be adapted for younger years, as well as spread out over a couple of sessions if needed.
Ben Gerrish created these resources. Ben was a student teacher in 2019-20 on the Citizenship PGCE at UCL Institute of Education. For more information about the UCL Institute of Education Citizenship PGCE: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/ioe/courses/teacher-training/citizenship-pgce
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