Primary pupils gear up for a busy Fairtrade Fortnight

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Primary schools in Midlothian are gearing up to celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight.

Events and activities will be held to celebrate the work put in all year round and promote the Fairtrade message. This year’s Fairtrade Fortnight runs until Sunday, March 11.

Bonnyrigg Primary School will host a Big Brew coffee afternoon on Thursday, March 8 from 2pm.

The school will offer a range of Fairtrade tea and coffee, sourced from ethically managed tea and coffee plantations around the world.

Primary schools in the Lasswade area have organised a special Fairtrade-themed football tournament on Friday, March 9 at Hopefield Primary School from 9.30am to 11.30am.

Councillor Peter Boyes, the council’s education spokesman, said: “I encourage parents, pupils and the whole community to go along and take part in this year’s Fairtrade Fortnight events.

“Fairtrade aims to ensure that workers and farmers in developing countries have fairer wages, safer working conditions and a genuine chance to work their way out of poverty.

“It’s a very worthwhile cause which deserves our support.”