3 - The Agrocel Committee

In this lesson the children think about different roles in society and explore the Fairtrade Premium Committee's role.

Curriculum links
This lesson plan links to non-statutory aims and programmes of study in Citizenship and PSHE and to Curriculum aims and programmes of study in English.

Learning Objective
To understand what role they play in society. To understand what their responsibilities are.

Learning Outcome
Children understand what a Fairtrade premium committee is and how it works.


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Main Activity
Remind the class what the Fairtrade premium is and how it works. Ask the class why they think producer groups like Agrocel have premium committees to distribute the money they receive from Fairtrade.

Who do the pupils think influences change in their local community? (e.g. MP, council) What are their responsibilities?

Split the class into groups of 4. Groups discuss what change that they would like to make if they had a Fairtrade premium to spend in their local community and then present their ideas to the class.

Groups come up with ideas of what the Agrocel premium committee has spent the Fairtrade premium on. They then read the Agrocel producer stories. Were they correct? Are there any similarities between Agrocel’s decisions and the pupils’ ideas for their local community? 

Plenary
In pairs pupils write one piece of advice to a member of a new premium committee in India or Thailand.

Some groups may want to continue the activity by writing letters to their local council outlining their ideas of the changes they would make in the community if they had the opportunity.