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Wednesday, 22 October 2014

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Ulverston pupils hear how Fairtrade helps

AN ambassador for Fairtrade in Africa visited an Ulverston infant school on his tour of South Cumbria.

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MESSAGE FROM AFRICA: From left, Ruby Walker, Rhys Ferguson, Emily Pike and Tom Sopwith-Nicholson meet Fair Trade coordinator Francis Chisuse from Malawi JOE RILEY REF: 50030785B000

Francis Chisuse works for Malawi-based Msuwadzi Association made up of 164 smallholder tea growers who sell their tea into the Fairtrade and other markets.

Mr Chisuse visited Ulverston CE Infant School in Church Walk during Fairtrade Fortnight.

Acting headteacher Susan Davies said pupils had already learnt about Fairtrade and how it represents a fairer deal for farmers.

Ms Davies said: “He told the children about the fact that families have to pay for their children to go to school and farmers are not making enough money to send their children.

“So the reality was they are only going to primary school, and that’s all the family can afford.

“They found it very interesting.

“He showed them an ambulance, which was literally a bicycle.”

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