George Green Year 10s take action for a sweat-free Olympics

14 October 2011 - 1:00am
News

Great work, Year 10s! What a result!

 

On 13 October, a group of Year 10s at George Green School in East London took part in a day of campaigning activities for their Citizenship course work.

{loadposition flickr_georgegreenschool}

The group used PlayFair2012's Action Tree to plan their action. One half of the class worked together to write a joint letter to their MP, Jim Fitzpatrick, on the exploitation of workers making official merchandise for the Olympics. They included local context on the history of sweatshops in East London and Tower Hamlets being an Olympic Borough which made for an impressive letter! The other half of the class worked on their Perfect Pitch - how to deliver their letter to their MP in a short, convincing manner. The whole class also did some basic upcycling of garments with sweatshop messages - Thanks to our partners TRAID for donating t-shirts and expertise!

The letter was then presented to Jim Fitzpatrick who was visiting the school that day. Following the presentation he said that he was impressed by the letter and had visited Bangladesh before, was concerned about sweatshop exploitation and would take the students request seriously. He gave the presenters his card and posed for a photo with the students next to PlayFair2012's sweat-free Olympics giant spray can.

If you are a teacher and would like to order War on Want's free new adaptable teaching resources pack on sweatshops and the Olympics, email Nadia at nidle@waronwant.org

Latest news

BDS is a legitimate means of protest against human rights abuse, says War on Want

14 December 2017 - 12:15pm

Campaigning for BDS is a legitimate means of protest, a fact that has been affirmed time and time again by bodies such as the European Union. It’s effectiveness is one of the main reasons why there is an organised campaign led by the Israeli government to shut it down. Students have every right to use their democratic rights to organise and exercise freedom of expression, and should be applauded for calling out violations of international law and human rights abuse.

Read more

Was it too much to expect the WTO to deliver for women?

14 December 2017 - 12:00pm

Argentina, host for this week’s World Trade Organisation, welcomed hundreds of government representatives to Buenos Aires to negotiate the rules of the global trade in goods, services and ecommerce. Lagging far behind other international fora, the WTO made attempts to draw attention to the impact of trade on gender equality, and correspondingly the impact women’s economic productivity can have on trade.

Read more

Join the conversation

Get War on Want materials for your #union, #campaign or #protest. We'll send you FREE publications and merch:… https://t.co/oKt06npIzn 13 hours 16 min ago
Was it too much to hope the #WTO would deliver for #women? War on Want asks: https://t.co/kXHmd0SUrH https://t.co/Onm5oGPOVk 16 hours 18 min ago
A significant victory for campaigners against the Government's HostileEnvironment. Everyone should be entitled to e… https://t.co/D2eO54lISp 17 hours 22 sec ago