Hello! And welcome to the UK section of this Consumer Classroom Forum!
We British are a nation of shoppers. We love buying stuff, and the rise of mobile technology means shopping is easier and quicker than ever before. In particular, as online shopping has no opening or closing times, we're able to shop almost constantly, any hour of the day or night ! And many of us do...
For those of us work ing with young people, t his means t here is a big challenge in figuring out how best to support our pupils and students to think critically, and make informed decisions about what or what not to buy .
Here at Think Global , our mission is to support education for a more just and sustainable world. We believe a central part of achieving that mission is working with young people and their communities to understand and encourage thoughtful and sustainable consumption decisions. After all, how we choose to shop can make a big difference at the global level – whether that means helping ensure farmers receive a fair price for their produce, or making sure that we don't buy items that have been made by slave .
That is why we have joined the C onsumer Classroom project as the new UK N ational T eam P artner ! I n coming months we will be working with the international Consumer Cl assroom t eam to bring you practical, interesting, up-to-date tools and resources that can help us all (and especially teachers) develop the knowledge and confidence we need to support our young people to become critical and careful consumers. We'd also love to hear from you, about your experiences teaching and working with young people on consumer-related issues – the more we share, the more we can all learn from each other.
So watch this space over the coming weeks; and let's see how we can work together to create a more sustainable and conscious consumer world!