Midcounties Co-operative launches ‘Stores as Classrooms’ education programme

Stores as Classrooms initiative

Stores as Classrooms initiative

Schoolchildren in Kingswinford have been learning about the importance of Fairtrade products as part of a new ‘Stores as Classrooms’ scheme launched by The Midcounties Co-operative.

Year One and Two pupils from Fairhaven Primary School visited the Kingswinford Co-operative Food store during Fairtrade Fortnight to take part in treasure hunts to find all of the different ethical products available. They were also educated about how buying Fairtrade goods helps achieve better working conditions and salaries for farmers in the developing world.

Children then searched through brochures at the local Co-operative Travel store to see where the Fairtrade products were grown and used them to create a collage to be displayed in the Kingswinford store.

There are plans to work with other schools in the future and another session with Fairhaven Primary School has been organised to show pupils how maths is applied in-store.

Tom Garner, deputy headteacher at Fairhaven Primary School, said: “Teaching our pupils about important issues like Fairtrade is part of our curriculum and visiting The Midcounties Co-operative store to learn more about the different products available was a fantastic opportunity.

“The children loved getting involved in Fairtrade Fortnight and enjoyed working together to design the collage to show where all the different Fairtrade products come from.”

David Darlaston, head of young people engagement at The Midcounties Co-operative, said: “We are committed to investing in the education of young people in the local community and the Fairtrade session was a great way to engage with pupils about a really important topic. The pilot scheme with Fairhaven Primary School has been enjoyed by the children and our colleagues and we look forward to working with other schools in the future to run more education sessions.”