Global Learning Programme Wales


One of the most popular global learning topics in schools is fair trade, one aspect of the broader topic of trade. There is Container ships are a key element of world trade © Derel Licht on flickr 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.

Recommended reading

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

Guardian: Global development + Fair trade and Trade and development Collections of articles on the Guardian global development website

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)

Teaching resources

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

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