Bankside pupils go bananas for Fairtrade campaign

Bankside Primary pupils with MP George Mudie

Bankside Primary pupils with MP George Mudie

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Pupils at a Leeds school have gone bananas in a campaign to boost Fairtrade awareness.

Youngsters at Bankside Primary are campaigning for change in the banana industry to stop banana farmers from falling into poverty.

Hundreds of pupils put pen to paper and collected signatures as part of their petition calling for banana farmers to receive fair treatment in trade.

They handed in their signatures to their local MP George Mudie and asked him to pass their petition on to Vince Cable, the secretary of state for business, innovation and skills.

Assistant headteacher Kauser Jan said the campaign also helps to give children a voice in the classroom.

She said: “This is also about children’s rights.

“It is about making children aware that they have a voice which is powerful and they can use it.

“The reaction from children has been astounding”

Youngsters donned bright yellow clothing yesterday and held a special assembly to highlight the plight of the banana farmers.

The school council also spoke to George Mudie about their campaign and found out how he uses his voice in the Houses of Parliament.

Rumana Ali, 11, said: “We learned about a farmer in Columbia who grows bananas but by buying fairtrade we can help to give a better future for his family.

“I think that our petition is really good because Vince Cable will understand that there are children who support fair trade.

“I hope that other children will understand about Fairtrade and get an idea to follow Bankside’s lead and do something about it.”

Aniqa Ahmed, 11, said she hopes their campaign will inspire other youngsters to have a voice.

She added: “I hope our petition will inspire others to create a change for people that need help.”

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