Bo'ness Public School have been involved with Johari Foundation since 2010 and have been helping raise funds to support the Miale Programmes in Kenya.
In 2010 the school also became a Fairtrade School. To maintain Fairtrade status the school need to achieve 5 goals each academic year. These goals include -
Have a Fairtrade Committee of staff, pupil and parents and hold at least 3 meetings per year.
Promote Fairtrade through learning and teaching in at least 3 subject areas
Promote the use of Fairtrade products in school
Promote the use of Fairtrade products in the community
Organise an event during Fairtrade Fortnight
Mr Potters and his Primary 3 class are currently responsible for achieveing these targets.
In early September 2012 Primary 3 nominated Johari Foundation as their class charity. Having already participated in some fundraising events for Johari Foundation they were aware of how their fundraising efforts could help make a difference to vulnerable children in Kenya. They had also heard about Johari Foundation's social enterprise; Johari Designs which works to fair trade practices and Mr Potters had suggested that working with Johari could help the school achieve it's Fairtrade targets in a fun, entertaining and educational way.
Here is Primary 3's journey so far in working towards their targets.
Meeting Goal 1
Ruth, Laura and Charity from Johari Foundation visited our class to tell us about Johari Foundation, the Miale Programmes and Johari Designs. We enjoyed hearing about the children and wanted to do more to help and also liked the things Johari Designs make. We also saw Zoe one of the P4 pupils in our school get her Seedlings t-shirt as she was one of the winners of the Johari Seedlings Design Competition in 2012. We thought that we would be able to help Johari Foundation. So, at one of our meetings we planned to have a Fairtrade event to tie in with Fairtrade Fortnight and decided to organise a Johari Fashion Show modelling the Johari Seedlings clothing. That way we could promote Johari whilst helping raise funds for the Miale Programmes.
Meeting Goal 2
As part of our Social Studies we were able to learn the features of a map and find both Scotland and Kenya on a World Map. We explored features of the Scottish landscape and compared these to the landscape of Kenya. We also looked at the differences in food, compared housing, the weather and impact on the climate.
As part of our Expressive Art programme we have been learning short dance routines which we will use when modelling the Seedlings range during the Fashion Show.
To help with our Language skills we have been learning to read scripts and describe the clothing we are going to model.This is difficult as we have to think about reading pace, emphasis on words and making sure that we speak clearly so the audience will be able to understand us. We are also working on note taking so that we can do a write up after the event and hold a press conference about what we have done and how much we have raised.
Meeting Goals 3-5
It's only a few days now until our Johari Fashion Show. We are all very excited but a bit nervous too. As it's Fairtrade Fortnight we are pleased that we are able to hold the Johari Fashion during this time. We will not only be promoting Johari we will also be selling Fairtrade tea, coffee and biscuits on the night. As the event in open to the community we are able to meet lots of goals at once.
We have had great fun working with Johari Foundation and can't wait to model the Johari Seedlings range on Friday 1st March, we have even got some of our teachers to model the Johari ladieswear collection and it will be fun seeing them. Later on in March we will hold a coffee morning to raise more funds for Johari Foundation. We hope to have a big cheque to hand over to Johari Foundation for the Miale Programmes at the end March and look forward to hearing how the children on the Miale programmes in Kibera and Kandara are benefitting from our fundraising efforts.