Step 1: Get others inspired and involved
Give an inspiring talk or assembly at your school
Most young people don’t know about the terrible conditions their school clothing was produced under. It’s important to raise awareness about this issue in your school so more people understand these problems, and to gain support for your campaign.
Your school is more likely to take you seriously and do what you want if you have lots of support from other students so this is really important.
There are loads of fun ways in which you can increase awareness of the issue in your school and build support from other students.
Three great ways to attract people’s attention to the issue:
Sussex Students Union’s Fairtrade Fashion Show
Get people to sign a petition. Your school is more likely to do what you want them to if you can show you have the support of many students. A petition is a great way to do this. The best way to get signatures for a petition is at an event or assembly, or on a stall. Download and print our ready-made petition to get started right away.
Do presentations at assemblies for younger years. It is usually the younger years that wear uniforms - this is a great way to get them to support Fairtrade, and can build up your skills and confidence. Get tips and advice on how to do this on our sixth forms pages on public speaking.
Join the national fair trade fashion show competition. Putting on a Fair Trade Fashion Show is a really exciting way of building support for Fairtrade cotton clothing and can help you gain valuable skills and meet new people. We’ve got lots of advice and tips to help you do this.