Youngsters at Bilston CE Primary have been rewarded for their work over the past 9 years promoting FairTrade in school. At a special ceremony held at The Millennium Building, University of Wolverhampton, on Friday 16th February, the school received the Lord Bilston Award for its FairTrade work from Deputy Mayor Cllr Phil Page and Lady Bilston in front of other dignitaries across the City. Bilston CE Primary along with Wolverhampton Girl’s High School were the only two recipients of the award. Donna Robinson (who coordinates the school’s FairTrade work) acknowledged the children’s efforts by saying: “The past nine years have seen a greater awareness from our children and families in promoting and purchasing FairTrade products which impacts upon the lives of workers and farmers across the World. Our school link with Masaba DEB School in Western Kenya has further raised children’s understanding of the need to recognise the importance of ensuring that people receive a fair price for their crops. Kenyan Teachers from our exchange program have spoken about how Bilston families are directly helping families from the Kimilili district by supporting their farmers.”
Bilston CE Primary has a weekly school tuck shop which sells products from Wolverhampton’s FairTrade shop and has lessons planned into the school curriculum each Term. It was also the first of two primary schools to be recognised a ‘FairTrade school’ back in 2009. The school is involved in ‘FairTrade fortnight’ 26th February to 10th March 2018.