LONDON – Uk coffee chain Costa is today announcing Costa for Schools (www.costaforschools.com), an online tool designed in collaboration with Rainforest Alliance to support teachers and help students understand more about communities and economies in coffee growing countries.
Designed for 11-14 year old geography students across the UK, Costa for Schools is a free online resource to help students learn more about the coffee trade.
Through an array of community case studies and an interactive map, students will learn about the journey of a coffee bean from start to finish.
Andy Marshall, Costa Corporate Responsibility Director says: “Costa baristas across the country are often asked by teachers to talk to students about the origins of our beans, so we thought it was time to put a nationwide resource in place so that all teachers can access the same insight from Costa.”
Costa for Schools has been written for UK teachers and is specifically designed in line with current UK secondary curricula. The programme also provides teachers with usable lesson plans and curriculum guidance usable across secondary geography teaching.
“The coffee trade is something everyone should know about as part of a wider awareness of the impact our lifestyles have on the cultures and environments of others.
The Costa for Schools websites makes this essential knowledge engaging, highlighting the important role of certification schemes such as the Rainforest Alliance, and puts it into a context that students can understand.” said Tensie Whelan, president of the Rainforest Alliance.