Fair Trade Concepts & Teacher Appreciation

Sep 16, 2013

fair-trade-cocoa-420x0“The concepts of fair trade can be woven into social studies, business, mathematics, civics, humanities, (and) art and home economic classes,” says Sam Bills, manager of Ten Thousand Villages Pasadena.

Ten Thousand Villages, wanting to show its appreciation for teachers, is hosting a free in-store workshop with speakers and a short film on fair trade. The local store is partnering with veteran LAUSD teacher Mark Elinson and a representative from the international human rights organization Global Exchange. The goal for this “interactive” workshop is to detail fair trade concepts and illustrate how teachers can introduce them into their classrooms and through service learning requirements.

“This is a great opportunity to provide teachers with new lessons and activities to help teach our young people about equitable trade, human rights, and the impact that each individual can make with their buying choices.”


The store’s website has links to fair trade lesson plans produced by organizations such as Oxfam, which is a group of NGOs formed in 1995, but that got their name from Oxford Committee Famine Relief founded in Britain in 1942 as a way to campaign for “food supplies to be sent through an allied naval blockade to starving women and children in enemy-occupied Greece during the Second World War.” Oxfam continues its focus on building “a future free from injustice and poverty.”

Attendees at Saturday’s workshop will be offered a continental breakfast, gifts, giveaways, and discount shopping. This event is free and open to the public, and all teachers, homeschoolers, administrators, and educational professionals with a valid form of ID (badge, pay stub, or business card) will receive a twenty percent discount on all items in the store throughout the month of September.

Fair trade cocoa farmer

Fair trade cocoa farmer; photo by Karen Robinson/

Fair Trade Education Workshop
Saturday, Sept. 21st, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Ten Thousand Villages Pasadena
567 S. Lake Ave., Pasadena 91101
Free and open to the public
For more info, call 626.229.9892

"Garden of Eden" by Michée Ramil Remy, Haiti

“Garden of Eden” by Michée Ramil Remy, Haiti

Workshop Schedule:
8:30-9:15  Welcome and continental breakfast
9:15-9:30  Introduction to Ten Thousand Villages
9:30-9:45  Break
9:45-10:15  Film: The Dark Side of Chocolate
10:15-11:00  Teacher Mark Ellison on introducing students to fair trade concepts
11:00-12:00  Speaker from Global Exchange
12:00-12:30  Discount shopping

"Garden of Eden" detail

“Garden of Eden” detail



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