Developed by the PSNI and Cool FM, the project is aimed at making young people more aware of both local and global issues. The pupils from Glenlola chose to focus on Fairtrade and global poverty.
The bus was divided into a number of interactive ‘stations’ each designed to engage the young person and provoke thought and debate around these issues.
At the first, pupils were asked to complete worksheets on Fairtrade before moving on to script and record their own radioscript on the subject of global poverty and its implications for society.
Once recorded, the scripts were ‘Bluetoothed’ to the pupils, who can now share them with their friends or upload to Twitter and Facebook, spreading their message to a potentially global audience. The Cool FM team will select one group to travel and spend the day at the radio station later this year.
Some of these may be broadcasted during daytime shows on Cool FM. The pupils commented on how much they enjoyed the event and how much they learned. The pupil PodCasts are available below to download and listen to.
Vice Principal, Dr Carolyn Larmour added, “This has been a fantastic experience for the girls involved. Not only did they learn about the importance of making ethical choices as consumers but they also gained some insight into the power of the media as a tool for change. The results of their work are both creative and inspiring and will serve to spread the message of fairtrade to their friends and families.”
The pupil PodCasts are available below: