Each Pa Pa Paa LIVE! webcast is about ten minutes long and is themed around a different topic. The different topics can work well as the basis for a series of lessons about everyday life for children in a country like Ghana. Your class can post questions for the Kuapa Kids to answer around each topic.
There is a wealth of teaching material on the Pa Pa Paa website to help you if you want to introduce your class to cocoa and Fairtrade chocolate. But if you are short of time, here is a suggested quick start guide to using those resources.
This guide works well if you have the Pa Pa Paa pack, which you can purchase here.
Before your webcast
1. Start off with some striking facts on the consumption of chocolate:
- We each eat, on average, 16kg of chocolate a year, which means that we spend about £1.20 on chocolate a week.
- Every year in the UK we eat the equivalent weight of 71,579 London buses of chocolate. That's 500,000 tonnes!
- Ghana: average annual cocoa farmer income = £160
UK: average annual pocket money = £166
- Two thirds of all pocket money in the UK is spent on sweets and chocolate.
- How much chocolate do you eat every week?
- How much chocolate does our school eat every week?
- How much money does our school spend on chocolate every year?
If you are really pressed for time, you could just show the class the Bean to Bar journey from the DVD in the Pa Pa Paa pack (chapters 10, 11, 12 on the DVD). The DVD also complements the full lesson well.
After your webcast
Discuss the webcast. What questions and thoughts do you have? You can post them to the discussion board under the current webcast after it is broadcast. Staff from Trading Visions and Kuapa Kokoo will do their best to answer.
Would you like to create your own webcast about your school for the Kuapa Kids to watch? We can promise you that they would enjoy watching your videos too. It's as interesting for them to learn about life in the UK as it is for you to learn about their life in Ghana. Why not upload your own webcasts to SchoolTube, then let us know about it, or post a link on the discussion forum for the webcast you are responding to.
Encourage your students to sign up as Dubble Agents at www.dubble.co.uk and find out how they can help change the world chunk by chunk. The latest and greatest mission for Dubble Agents is Mission:Possible, which supports young people to take their learning out of schools and into their communities. The Mission:Possible pack and online resources provide useful tips and tools to help Dubble Agents introduce Fairtrade to their family and friends and encourage local shops to stock Fairtrade products.
Has your school considered working towards Fairtrade Schools status? Make a public statement of your commitment to Fairtrade.
Signing up to Pa Pa Paa LIVE!, teaching Fairtrade in your lessons and encouraging students to undertake Mission:Possible in their community all count towards the certification requirements to become a Fairtrade School.