Strathcona Christian Academy Secondary is the latest Canadian school to receive a Fair Trade designation.
The prestigious designation is granted to schools throughout the country who have made a commitment to supporting and educating their school communities about fair trade issues—fair working conditions, prices and terms for global farmers and workers, most often living in developing nations.
“After all our hard work, we are so excited to see our school become engaged with the concept of fair trade,” said Nancy Skorobohach, student at Strathcona Christian Academy Secondary.
The school was granted the Fair Trade School status by Fair Trade Canada and the Canadian Fair Trade Network on Thursday (September 21).
To earn the designation, students involved in the school’s Teens Against Violent Oppression (TAVO) club launched a fair trade education campaign. The club who mainly focuses on social justice issues, particularly human trafficking, spent the 2016-17 school year raising awareness about fair trade issues by speaking at school gatherings and sourcing fair trade products for school events.
Within Alberta, Strathcona Christian Academy Secondary is the fourth school to earn the status and the first to do so within Elk Island Public Schools.
Strathcona Christian Academy plans to continue its efforts around fair trade and to further raise awareness.