Fairtrade Karuta Project
Congratulations to the team from St Ethelbert’s Catholic Primary School, Ramsgate who won the KARUTA TOURNAMENT.
The winning team were presented with their prizes by the Mayor of Broadstairs and St Peter’s, Councillor Rosalind Binks.
Over a hundred people that included children and their families from three Thanet primary schools took part in in the event that marked the end of a year long project by Thanet Fairtrade Initiative (TFI), and FROM JAPAN Institute (FJI).
Children from Palm Bay Primary School, St Ethelbert’s Catholic Primary School, St Nicholas at Wade Primary School took part in the Tournament as well as other interested groups such as Garlinge Cubs and members of the public.
‘The game is a bit like snap. 26 picture cards are laid out face up and the matching clues are read out one at a time and the players have to decide which picture matches the clue.’
‘The fastest player to touch the correct card wins it and the player with most cards at the end of the game is the winner.’
The pack of cards used in the Tournament were the result of a competition amongst 150 entries from five schools to find the best pictures and clues. Competition winners received prizes earlier in the day from the Leader of Thanet District Council, Councillor Iris Johnson.
Schools Project with Japanese Students
This project has built on the lessons leant from the ‘My Thanet’ karuta project. It was decided the project would target schools in line with our Fairtrade Towns action plan and was funded by the GB Sasakawa Foundation. There was a competition for children to create 26 picture cards and 26 clue cards, one for each letter of the alphabet. The bi-lingual cards were printed in Japan.
Five schools took part and each school was visited by members of TFI and FJI. Firstly, there was leaning from the students about Japanese culture and karuta; secondly,the participants needed an in-depth knowledge of Fairtrade that was provided by TFI. These two areas of learning were combined by the children who created a picture card and matching Japanese haiku clue based on a designated Fairtrade theme. Four primary and one secondary school took part.
Dover Grammar School for Boys
Hersden Community School, Canterbury
Palm Bay Primary School, Margate
St Ethelbert’s Catholic Primary School, Ramsgate
St Nicholas at Wade Primary School
Taking decisions at a regional level
The five Fairtrade themes for the karuta pack were jointly decided at a regional meeting of East Kent Fairtrade groups:-
- Products and shops
- Fairtrade Foundation/history/ Fairtrade Mark/etc
- Producers & consumers
- Changing lives/impact
- Campaigns by Fairtrade groups – e.g. bananas
Most of the children enjoyed the task they were set even though some of them found parts challenging. The children interacted with young Japanese students, easily overcoming language and cultural barriers with a positive attitude because there was a common purpose. As part of an enjoyable day, the children also gained a deeper knowledge of Fairtrade. Interest from schools was initially due to the cultural element whereby the schoolchildren could interact with Japanese students.
Teachers appreciate that the school visit (in the September term), is a self-contained unit of work resulting in a complete pack of karuta cards (pictures and clues), made by the children, and then played with by the children, at the end of the day. It’s a satisfying result for all involved and there is a great sense of achievement for the class.