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Webinar for Schools: Halloween, Chocolate, and the ghostly Cocoa Industry

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Join Fair Trade Manitoba, Divine Chocolate, and the Canadian Fair Trade Network for a one-hour webinar on the cocoa industry!

It’s Halloween soon, and everyone will be buying lots of treats! But do you know where your chocolate was made, and who made it? This webinar is meant to give a positive but realistic background on the cocoa industry, and to be a platform through which to share ideas and insights on possible alternatives to the dark side of Halloween. Some of the topics that will be touched upon include child labour, the cocoa harvest, chocolate brands, Divine chocolate’s co-operative in Ghana, Fair Trade programs in Canada, and Fair Trade Halloween campaign ideas. The webinar will not exceed one hour.

Some webinar highlights:
- Participate with your class to be entered into a random prize draw to win free Fair Trade Divine Chocolate for the entire class!
- Talk to other students and teachers from across Canada about their Fair Trade events, ideas and activities!
- Get your students to learn more about the cocoa industry and the chocolate they buy for them to become Fair Trade champions during Halloween!

About the organizations:
- Fair Trade Manitoba: A project of the Manitoba Council on International Cooperation to heighten awareness of fair trade in Manitoba.
- Divine Chocolate is co-owned by the 85,000 farmer members of Kuapa Kokoo, the cooperative in Ghana that supplies the cocoa for each bar of Divine.
- Canadian Fair Trade Network aims to inspire and strengthen a network of fair trade leaders and advocates.

Tentative schedule:
2min: introduction and sharing who’s attending
3min: introduction video
15min: presentation and activities about the cocoa industry (including its connections to Halloween and consumer behaviour in Canada)
10min: Divine introduces their co-operative in Ghana, explains why Fairtrade is different from conventional chocolate
10min: questions and answers (facilitated) – opportunity for teachers to engage with their students
10min: exchanging ideas across classes, what schools have done for Halloween, what they plan on doing, etc. – opportunity for students and teachers to talk to each other across the country.
5min: announcement of which class won the random prize draw to receive free Divine chocolate, listing of a few options of where students can buy Fair Trade chocolate, and sharing what’s next.

This webinar is aimed at schools around Canada for students aged 12+. However, if you are not a teacher or student, you are of course still welcome to participate! Note: you do not have to be a Fair Trade School to participate.

How to participate:

1. Register for free on EventBrite. Give us some info about who you are and whether you'll be joining us with your class.
2. We will send you a confirmation email with all the information on how to log into our webinar platform for the day of. We use a platform called Zoom. No account is needed to participate. What you will need is a screen big enough for your class to look at (through a projector ideally). We will be sharing a Powerpoint and other materials through the webinar for students to look at.
3. On October 11, make sure to log in 10min before webinar start to check that everything is working (this includes audio and video). For you to be able to participate, you will also need a microphone on the laptop or tablet you are using.

If you have any questions or need technical support, please email Sarah at sarah@cftn.ca.

We are excited to have you join us!

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