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Sample School Activity Planning Template (B)
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Description of Activity

Fair Trade

SMART Goal Design - Is this goal...

  • Specific?
  • Measurable?
  • Attainable
  • Result-oriented?
  • Time-bound?

Goal/Expected Result

  • identify their interconnectedness with other peoples of the world
  • describe structural injustices in labour practices and trading relationships between the first and third world;
  • locate alternative ways to support just labour practices and trading relationships

Relevant Catholic Theme(s)

  • Dignity of the Human Person
  • Community and the Common Good
  • Love and Justice


  • CGE1d develops attitudes and values founded on Catholic social teaching and acts to promote social responsibility, human solidarity and the common good
  • CGE3f examines, evaluates and applies knowledge of interdependent systems (physical, political, ethical, socio-economic and ecological) for the development of a just and compassionate society
  • CGE7e witnesses Catholic social teaching by promoting equality, democracy, and solidarity for a just, peaceful and compassionate society

How will success be determined?

  • Evaluate achievement of goals; level of participation in celebration; student/teacher follow up/next steps
Contributors Tasks
  • Call staff planning meeting; arrange for guest speaker and fair trade product display; invite local press to celebration
  • Co-plan with administration; diagnostic test; creative presentation on interconnectedness; participate in celebration; debriefing and follow-up
  • Creative presentation on interconnectedness; participate in no-logo day and celebration; follow-up
  • Attend Celebration
Process Stages Details and Considerations
  • Staff meeting to outline goals and assign responsibilities for implementation
  • Notify school council and parents of goals and plan. Invite parents to celebration
  • Classroom teachers use diagnostic task to access prior learning - discussion of where our food/clothing come from, as well as why people in the world are poor

Creative Presentation on Interconnectedness

  • give all students a handout of a map of the world
  • allow them to choose one of the following areas
    a) The World in My Pantry
    b) The World in My Closet
    c) The World in the Produce Aisle
    d) The World in the Florist Shop
  • students identify 15 items and indicate their country of origin; display the information creatively on the world map
  • each student writes a half page reflection on the interconnectedness they found and what it means to them
  • Speaker and/or film on Fair Trade and Sweatshops (e.g. Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace, Free the Children)
  • Classroom debriefing on speaker or film
  • No-logo Day - students and staff come to school wearing as few brand name clothes as possible


  • display students Interconnectedness assignments
  • Alternative Fashion Show
  • Fair Trade Products on Display
  • Home-baked refreshments

Effectiveness (degree to which goal has been achieved)

  • classroom debriefing of students;
  • quality of interconnectedness assignment;
  • participation in celebration
  • debriefing of staff at follow-up staff meeting
    (Written by: Colleen Smyth, CDSBEO)

Follow Up/Next Steps

  • invite student/staff letters to newspapers and/or companies that practice child labour \
  • invite students to form a Free the Children group
  • contact the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace to inquire about local youth groups or how to organize a Think Fast
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