The Fairtraders of Castleisland Community College have been shortlisted to represent Ireland in the International Sage Competition which takes place in San Francisco, USA, in August this year.
The team was shortlisted by a panel of judges from Young Social Innovators. The International Sage Competition is an entrepreneurship programme for teens which promotes innovations and social enterprises that address some of the world’s most urgent problems. The Fairtraders were chosen due to their promotion and marketing of the Fairtrade Brand. The Fairtraders won a national award in the Young Social Innovator’s competition last year and were shortlisted to this year’s Elevate Programme which supports the advancement of high quality projects. They continued to promote the brand and they launched into a new area of Fairtrade- footballs. They worked with local soccer clubs and schools to encourage the purchasing of Fairtrade footballs. They have submitted a detailed report of their work to date which is being judged by a Young Social Innovator’s panel. If chosen to represent Ireland they will travel to San Francisco where their award winning project will compete against youth led social enterprises from around the world.