Introduction
On this page you will find information about a planned link up between Suffolk schools and Patrick Kaberia, a Fairtrade farmer from Michimikuru in Kenya during Fairtrade Fortnight 2021 (15 Feb – 7 March).  All schools in Suffolk are invited to join the link which will take place via Zoom.  To register an interest contact secretary@suffolkfairtrade.org.uk.  You will also find links to resources that can be used in preparation for the session.
Patrick Kaberia and Fairtrade
Fairtrade is about better prices, decent working conditions and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world.  Activity in the UK is co-ordinated by the Fairtrade Foundation.  During Fairtrade Fortnight they organise for visits from Fairtrade workers to the UK.  In 2016 they arranged a visit from Patrick, who works for the Michimikuru tea co-operative and has his own 2 hectare farm where he grows tea.  Patrick spent a week in Suffolk visiting various Fairtrade towns and talking to a wide range of people and groups – including many school children.

Inspired by his visit, the Fairtrade towns decided to set up an association – the Suffolk Association of Fairtrade Towns (SAFT).  SAFT has kept up contact with Patrick and, in 2018, he agreed to become our Patron.  Following a successful virtual conference in July 2020, which included a live link to Kenya, SAFT decided to embark on this ambitious enterprise for a live link with Suffolk schools during Fairtrade Fortnight 2021.

Several of the videos for schools produced by the Fairtrade Foundation feature Patrick and are listed later on this page.  You can also read a profile of Patrick produced by the Fairtrade Foundation for his 2016 tour by clicking here. Since then Patrick has a new daughter – Michele.

Two short video clips, introducing Patrick, have been produced by the Fairtrade Foundation and can be viewed by clicking on the following links:  Introducing Patrick 1                Introducing Patrick 2
Schools Link to Kenya – February 2021
The Proposed Link
The basic idea is for a question and answer session via Zoom lasting about 30 minutes and aimed broadly at 8 – 13 year olds.  Three key schools, from different parts of Suffolk, will select questions and pupils to ask them.  Two pupils from each school will be involved in asking the questions, making a total of six.  The questions will be chosen to avoid duplication and shared with Patrick in advance.

Each of the six chosen pupils will be individually logged on to their own terminal and be ‘on screen’ for the full 30 minutes.  Other pupils/schools will be invited to take the live feed but will not be able to interact during the 30 minute session.  (It is possible that the link could be kept open longer to allow some informal interaction but this option has not been fully explored as yet.)

Participating schools are being encouraged to prepare for the live session using teaching resources available on line – a number of which are identified below

To guard against any possible failures of the technology on the day, the three key schools will have a ‘dress rehearsal’ several days before the live session.  This will be recorded and will provide a back-up should there be difficulties with the live feed.
Resources

Patrick’s Virtual Visit (6-11)
This is an excellent ‘package’ put together by the schools unit of the Fairtrade Foundation aimed at 6 -11 year olds and includes a 6:47 minute video of Patrick in a question and answer format.  He talks about Kenya, about tea, his co-op, the benefits of Fairtrade to workers, climate change and its effects on workers and steps being taken to mitigate the effects of climate change.

You can also download supporting resources from here including: a home learning challenge; instructions for teachers; background notes about tea and worksheets for students

Click here for the video
My Next Fairtrade Adventure Series
This is another excellent package from the schools unit.  All the videos are shot in Kenya and all include interviews with Patrick at Michimikuru.  The series is fronted by ‘Tayna’ a schoolgirl from London. There are six videos altogether, two for each age range: 7 – 11; 11-14 and 14-16.  All the packages include links to supplementary material.

The videos for the various ages contain much of the same material but, for the older age groups, the videos are longer and contain more detail.  Part 1 of the series is about food poverty and how Fairtrade helps overcome this – for example by paying fair wages and encouraging sustainable farming. Part 2 continues the theme and provides further information on the effects of climate change and steps that are being taken locally in Kenya to mitigate the effects – for example by planting native trees.

Part 1 videos (Fairtrade and Poverty):







Part 2 videos (The Effects of Climate Change):


Patrick’s Tea Nursery
During Patrick’s visit to Suffolk he was often asked: “What happens to the tea pluckers between harvests?”  He had to reply that there was very little for them to do, particularly during the dry season.  So, on his return to Kenya, Patrick resolved to generate more employment opportunities by starting a tea nursery.  He invested some of his own money and took out a loan to finance the project.

The cuttings are taken from bushes that have not been plucked for 3 months and are carefully set out in sleeves in boarded beds covered with a wooden cage underneath a partial shade tunnel constructed from natural materials.  They are then cared for and watered during the next 8 months before they are ready to be planted out on his farm or sold.  Patrick explains about the tea nursery in the following short, amateur, videos.
Video 1
Video 2
Video 3
Video 4
Video 5
Video 6
Other Resources
To find out more about Fairtrade generally visit the foundation website at www.fairtrade.org.uk.  For additional teaching material click on ‘schools’ and then ‘teaching resources’.
Next Steps
The project is still in its development phase and all comments are welcome.  This page will be updated as plans are firmed up and more information becomes available.  A launch is planned to all Suffolk schools in January.