College Bid for Fairtrade Status

Mohammad Rsheid (2) (3)

Caring staff and students from City of Wolverhampton College are campaigning to get a better deal for farmers in poorer countries by achieving Fairtrade status for the college.

As part of Fairtrade fortnight, which takes place from February 23 to March 8, the college has organised a fun-packed two weeks of talks and events.

The activities form part of the college’s bid to secure fair-trade status for the college, meaning it will be officially recognised as doing its bit for the developing world.

As part of the fortnight Taysir Arbasi, Palestinian director of Israeli adventure thriller film Zaytoun, will be visiting students. He will be joined by almond and olive farmer Mohammad Rsheid, an active member of the Palestine Fair Trade Association.

Other events include a Fairtrade meal at the college’s Academy Restaurant on March 5, a guess the Fairtrade chocolate challenge and stalls selling Fairtrade goodies.

Student Projects Officer Lucy Bennett said: “We are making great strides towards gaining Fairtrade status for the college and hope our fortnight of events will help raise awarenesss of the conditions facing farmers worldwide.”

In order for a college to gain fair-trade status it must meet five goals, including making sure Fairtrade products are available for sale in all campus shops, using Fairtrade products at meetings, setting up a Fairtrade steering group, raising awareness of Fairtrade and passing a Fairtrade policy statement.


City of Wolverhampton College offers a range of courses for people living in Wolverhampton, Bilston, Walsall, Dudley, Halesowen, Stourbridge, Bridgnorth, Sandwell and the wider West Midlands area. These include full and part-time qualifications, day and evening courses, A Levels, apprenticeships, traineeships, university- level courses such as HNCs, HNDs and foundation degrees, and short courses for the unemployed.

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