Trade Aid education


National School Essay Competition 2014

Following on from our successful nationwide Essay Competition in 2013, Trade Aid Education is pleased to announce this competition will be held again during July and early August 2014. The purpose of the essay competition is to encourage students to think critically about global poverty and the link between international trade and poverty.

Essay topic:
 International trade and global poverty both feature in today’s globalised world. Discuss what can be done to ensure that international trade reduces global poverty rather than contributes to it.

The purpose of this essay is to encourage students to think critically about: 

  • Their role as consumers
  • The relationship between international trade and poverty
  • Alternative trading models such as Trade Aid’s fair trade model
Category One: Years 9-10
Category Two: Years 11-13

Prizes for each category:
  • 1st place    $150
  • 2nd place  $100
  • 3rd place   $50

Entries close August 15th 2014.

Essay guidelines:

  1. This competition is sponsored by Trade Aid and is open to students in Years 9 - 10 (Category 1) and Years 11 - 13 (Category 2). Trade Aid staff and volunteers and their children are excluded from the competition.
  2. The essay should not exceed 1200 words and will be judged on the understanding in the New Zealand context of the need to trade fairly and how this impacts on reducing poverty in developing countries.
  3. Each entry shall include its own cover sheet which states the full name and contact details of the student submitting the essay, the name of their school, the school year of the student and the name of the teacher who has supported them.
  4. The use of research material is expected. Direct and indirect quotes must be attributed to the original source in the body of the text. Trade Aid’s and other Fair Trade organisations’ websites may be fully utilised.
  5. Please save the electronic version of your essay as follows: Surname (e.g. Smith), First name (e.g. John) and the name of school (e.g. Meeds High School) as: Smith John Meeds.
  6. Entries shall be presented in English typed in Arial typeface, 11 pt font with line spacing at 1.5 and be presented in a soft/electronic copy in WORD.
  7. All entries shall be addressed "Trade Aid Essay Competition 2014” and emailed to the Trade Aid store closest to your school.
  8. The competition closes on August 15th 2014 at 4p.m.
  9. Each regional Trade Aid store management and Trusts who receive entries will select a regional winner in each category. All regional winners will then be forwarded to Trade Aid’s head office where senior staff will judge the essays for the national prize in each category.
  10. The judges’ decisions are final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  11. The winning entry may be posted on the Trade Aid website and may be published in local newspapers.
  12. Only regional and national winners will be notified.
  13. By entering this competition, entrants agree to be available for interviews or photographs, if required.

Speaking out for greater justice in world trade is an important part of what Trade Aid does.

What we mean by speaking out is enshrined in our charter in the following objectives:

  1. To increase awareness of trading injustices and its impact on our trading partners
  2. To campaign for change to unjust trading systems
  3. To promote fair trade as a positive alternative

How can we provide information or an educator for your group or event, based on our responsibilities to our charter?

  • Increasing awareness introduces a problem and encourages thinking about the issue; e.g. you may want us to look at an issue of trade injustice and encourage thinking within your group about what it means to you. The purpose of these activities is not to promote a pre-determined action or belief, but to leave participants questioning and wanting to know more about trade injustice.
  • To campaign is to deliver one message and one solution; e.g. slavery is wrong – sign this petition. Trade Aid educators do this when running nationwide campaigns where the purpose is to leave participants wanting to take part in the specific action being advocated.
  • To promote is to acknowledge the alternatives that exist in trade models, but to present the one answer we advocate for; e.g. you may like us to introduce what Trade Aid is and what we do. This is where we explain why we believe our model of trade is better than the alternative trading models. The purpose of this is to encourage participants to support Trade Aid and to become involved in Trade Aid activities.

Trade Aid educators are asked to look at which is the most appropriate approach for the situation required and to deliver information accordingly. This may involve one of a range of different activities or resources including:

Request resources or an educator for your group or event by clicking on one of the links above, or talk to your local shop manager about how your Trade Aid shop can help you.