After a busy few weeks of planning and recruiting schools, we ran our first project activity: a workshop on Fairtrade and spices. DDE is chair of Fairtrade Devon, and we ran this workshop to coincide with Fairtrade Fortnight. We welcomed staff and pupils from 7 of our 9 participating primary schools: Montgomery, Whipton Barton, St Davids, Wynstream, Redhills, Ladysmith Junior, and St Martins Cranbrook. The workshop was led by Sandhya Dave, with additional activities run by DDE volunteers.

Read about Montgomery School’s impressions of the workshop here.

After learning about the importance of the Fairtrade scheme and its impact on communities in the developing world, the children heard some “Spicey Stories”. Sandhya wove together information about popular spices with the story of her own family’s journey to England, and the different important roles that spices have played in her own life. The children asked her some thoughtful and interesting questions, before moving on to learn about the history of the spice trade. We looked at the routes and methods by which explorers, merchants and travellers brought spices to Europe (including by camel and by galleon!), and heard about how some rare spices, like nutmeg, were prized so highly they were worth more than their weight in gold.

Finally, the group enjoyed a series of sense-based activities: examining, identifying, touching, smelling, tasting and discussing a series of different spices in their raw, refined, and processed forms. Most pupils enjoyed the black-pepper crisps and vanilla ice cream, but the crystallised ginger was less popular; boiling hot mouths sent many children running for water! Suffice to say, our intern Liam has been enjoying the rejected packet of ginger in the office this week…

Welcome!

...to Exeter's Global Centre, the home of Devon Development Education.

01392 438811
dde@globalcentredevon.org.uk

Welcome!

...to Exeter's Global Centre, the home of Devon Development Education.

01392 438811
dde@globalcentredevon.org.uk