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School goes Fairtrade crazy

Children at Skelton school enjoying Fairtrade day Credit: ITV News Border

A primary school near Penrith is going 'Fairtrade' crazy as it devotes its entire day to the subject.

Fairtrade aims to help farmers in developing countries get a better deal for their produce and make a decent living.

All the pupils at Skelton School will be involved in promoting the Fairtrade message, from cookery to dance. There'll even be a visit from a man-sized giant "banana".

Skelton has a link with a school in Tanzania.

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From Uganda to Selkirk: Shoppers urged to buy Fairtrade

A Ugandan coffee farmer is this week touring the Borders to explain how the Fairtrade movement has benefited her community.

Justine Watalunga is giving a series of talks and schools and businesses in the region, during Fairtrade Fortnight.

Selkirk and Peebles are currently the only Fairtade towns in the Borders, but a campaign group has been set up to encourage more to get involved.

To qualify, a certain number of shops must stock Fairtrade goods, and members of the local community from schools and churched must promote the movement.

Earlier this week, Scotland was granted status as a Fairtade nation.

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