One of the most popular global learning topics in schools is fair trade, one aspect of the broader topic of trade. There is a wealth of resources to teach this topic in a balanced, yet critical way and it can also be linked to globalisation. The topic can be accessed through news stories, e.g. tax avoidance by multinational companies, the EU, and the influence of rapidly developing economies like China. Exploring world trade will help answer questions about why some nations/people are rich and others poor.
The following links and articles provide useful background information to help you teach about trade:
Global Dimension: Trade A feature article on the issue of trade
Oxfam International: Trade Campaign Explains trade issues with interactive diagrams and also provides access to more in-depth research
Trade Justice Movement: Trade issues Exploration of issues by the Trade Justice Movement who campaign for trade justice (not free trade) with the rules weighted to benefit poor people and the environment (they also have a useful Jargon Buster)
Useful teaching resources about trade:
Christian Aid: The Trading Game Key Stage 3+ game designed to introduce pupils to the realities of trade and how it affects the prosperity of a country
Christian Aid: The Chocolate Trade Game A simulation game based on the chocolate trade and suitable for Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3
Oxfam: Find Your Way Through Trade Primary lesson plan helping pupils understand the basic principles of global trade
Oxfam: Milking It – Small Farmers and International Trade Key Stage 3+ interactive resource exploring international trade issues through farmers' real life experiences
Practical Action: Making Markets Work Key Stage 3 activity based on the milk market system in Bangladesh
For further teaching resources, browse through the following searches:
Key Stage 2
Key Stage 3
We welcome your suggestions for useful articles and teaching resources on the topic of Trade. Please email them to GLPWales@cfbt.com.