Sunday, 19 June 2011

Summer closure and teachers' gifts

In the developing world, many people could not send their children to school if it were not for Fair Trade. 

Taking the Fair Trade model further is Fairtrade premium - a sum of money paid on top of the agreed Fairtrade price for investment in social, environmental or economic development projects, decided upon democratically by producers within the farmers’ organisation or by workers on a plantation.

The premium fund is typically invested in education and has funded such schemes as:

• Provision of school desks
• Construction of classroom blocks
• Adult education classes
• Provision of bursaries for the children of workers'

It should come as no surprise then, that teachers love fair trade!

Instead of a mass produced 'World's Best Teacher' mug - why not buy your teacher a handcrafted gift which will keep on giving?

Here in East Lothian, the local authority schools close on Friday 1st July.  If you are still looking for a present for your teacher, pop into to The Small World, 9A Orchard Crescent, Prestonpans where we have a variety of fairly traded gifts and cards.

We are open Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 10-12 and 2-4 and Saturday 10-12.  We close for the summer holidays on Saturday 2nd July at 12 p.m., re-opening again Tuesday 2nd August at 10 a.m.