Big Village is a small Fair Trade company offering unique and interactive workshops for all grade levels but tie well into World Cultures, Sustainable Development, Social Justice and the Fair Trade curriculum. Our workshops include a customizable power point presentation, group activities, discussion, and an opportunity to learn more about Fair Trade, and how it relates to social justice and the Sustainable Development Goals. Students will also learn how our recycled glass beads are made, (using broken bottles and glass that would otherwise end up in the landfill) and we use the beads as a platform to discuss various topics including the beauty and resourcefulness of the Ghanaian people. We bring in artifacts including hand woven baskets, African games, books, and more.
Primary Grades Students have the opportunity to look at our cultural differences and similarities with West Africa including information on geography, weather, transportation, food, housing, currency and more. Students will build a bracelet as a "take home" as part of our presentation.
Intermediate Grades Our workshop for grade 6 students provides information on the principles of Fair Trade, how they impact producers and why we need to take a more ethical approach to consumerism. This workshop also includes an opportunity to make a bracelet as a "take home". All of our workshops can be customized to any grade level including High School and desired teacher focus. We also include handouts,stickers and buttons from the Fair Trade Federation.
High School Level Our workshops provide opportunity for learning more about social justice, fair trade, ethical consumerism and the sustainable development goals. We include a bracelet making portion in our program as well.
Contact Liz Blaauwendraat at firstname.lastname@example.org / 416.523.1787 for more information or to book your workshop now!.
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Big Village: Supporting Artisans Abroad and Inspiring Global Citizens at Home
The family business not only sells handmade products from Ghana, but they also commit to teaching the next generation about fair trade. John and Liz, along with their daughter Avery and son Anders, have developed a series of presentations that they take around to different students in grades 2, 6 and 10. These interactive presentations focus on the fair trade principles and how they tie in to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. Along with fueling the next generation of changemakers, they also connect with students creative side by conducting a bracelet making workshop using their recycled glass beads.
Visiting Ghana in June of 2015 they had an opportunity to meet with their partners. Spending time with the artisans allowed John and Liz to see how they live and work and to get to know their families. Through a translator John had the opportunity to speak to them about how much Big Village customers love the baskets, “I spoke about how our relationship with them is like a basket; each of us is like a blade of grass, and through our partnership we have, through the many connections, become woven together into something that’s strong and beautiful.” Big Village, Big News: Big Village has teamed up with the Stephen Lewis Foundation to sell baskets which will support fundraising for the Grandmothers Campaign! The Grandmothers Campaign supports grandmothers and their communities in Africa as they struggle to care for the millions of children orphaned by AIDS. Check out Big Village at www.bigvillage.ca and like their Facebook Page!