13 March 2015
Students inspired by University’s own Fairtrade Group
International students from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) have joined forces with the UCLan Fairtrade group to organise a special tea party to celebrate their new found knowledge of the foundation.
The Japanese students, who knew little about the Fairtrade Foundation before studying in the UK, joined the University’s own Fairtrade group when they came to UCLan last year and became inspired to share its ethos of a guaranteed, minimum fair price, decent working conditions and respect for the environment.
Chikako Tamari, a 21-year-old International Business Communications student, was one of the organisers of the UCLan Fairtrade tea party. She said: “The Fairtrade movement isn’t as well known in Japan so it’s been a real education coming to the UK and learning just how popular it is here.
“I’ve always been keen to learn more about business ethics so I have been able to blend my academic knowledge with what I have learned from the UCLan Fairtrade Group to form a good knowledge basis that I can take home to Japan.”
“We are delighted that the UCLan students have engaged so much with us and have really taken on board the Fairtrade Model, which is essentially about encouraging people to choose products that change lives.”
The students were joined by John Wareing and Anne Garsed who are the Secretary and Chair of the Preston and South Ribble Fairtrade Group respectively. Both John and Anne spoke of the Fairtrade Foundation and shared their own experiences of travelling to places around the world that benefit from it including tea growers in India and wine makers in Chilli.
John said: “We are delighted that the UCLan students have engaged so much with us and have really taken on board the Fairtrade Model, which is essentially about encouraging people to choose products that change lives. We want people to think about communities rather than commodities and it’s great that these Japanese students will take this message home with them.”
The event was organised as part of Fairtrade Fortnight. During the tea party the students shared a range of Fairtrade products and baked a Fairtrade cake with UCLan catering staff to share with their guests.
UCLan has held Fairtrade status since 2008. The University’s group strives to involve students in Fairtrade activities, inspire them to become Fairtrade customers and spread the foundation’s message to make a difference to Fairtrade communities across the world. The year the group is focusing on cocoa, sugar and tea.