GreenPalm gets involved in Young Enterprise ‘Our World’ Day
Staff from GreenPalm were joined by other local businesses to use their expertise to give a group of 80 Hull schoolchildren a lesson in global trade, during an event intended to help them learn more about International business.
The 'Our World Day’ event was run by Young Enterprise and featured the ‘Our World’ programme, which is designed to help children learn more about the global economy and where the products we buy in supermarkets come from.
The event was held on the P&O ferry ‘The Pride of Hull’ and with the help of GreenPalm staff, children from Marfleet Primary School, Alderman Cogan CofE Primary School and St Richards RC Primary School were able to explore the concept of global trade, imports and exports, marketing and supply.
GreenPalm, along with local edible oils company AAK, provided a 20-minute presentation on the journey palm oil takes from the plantation to the products we see on supermarket shelves.
Business development executive at GreenPalm Simon Chrismas said: “It’s important that children understand where products and ingredients come from, they can then start to picture a world where we are all connected by the products which we buy and sell.
“I was really surprised by some of the knowledge that was already there, most of the questions I asked the groups on palm oil were answered correctly, showing they understood the supply chain and how far some of our food items travel.”
Julia Mitchell, a teacher at Alderman Cogan School said: “It is a real positive that children are able to work with a business in their local community. The children have thoroughly enjoyed the day.”
Working with Barnstormers Drama group and P&O ferries, staff from both businesses took part in a range of activities with the children including ‘The Long Distance Meal’, an activity designed to help the children understand the global trade in food by looking at how far certain foods travel to reach our tables, and ‘The Trading Game’, which helped pupils understand how supply and demand affect the value of goods and services.