High school pupils learn about Fairtrade

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Brechin High School children got an insight into the benefits of Fairtrade next Monday, March 4, when Guatemalan coffee producer Douglas Eloan Recinos López visited with The Co-operative Group.

Douglas visited the school as part of his tour of Scotland during Fairtrade Fortnight.

He was joined by representatives of The Co-operative Group, and met with youngsters to share experiences of what working within a Fairtrade co-operative is really like.

Fairtrade Fortnight, which runs until March 10, is an annual celebration of the Fairtrade movement and aims to raise the profile of Fairtrade Mark products.

Fairtrade helps producers in developing countries by guaranteeing fair prices and providing an additional social premium to fund vital community projects.

Ken Greenshields, The Co-operative Group’s Membership Officer for Eastern Scotland, said: “It’s vital that we educate young people about the Fairtrade movement and the power it has to change lives.

“Whether a vanilla grower in India or a coffee producer in Guatemala, Fairtrade enables people living in some of the world’s poorest countries to escape poverty and empower themselves and their families.”