Now in its 13th year, The Divine Poetry Competition, organised in partnership with Christian Aid, provides teachers with an opportunity to explore the issues of fairtrade in class, and gives young people a creative way to respond and articulate their ideas.
This year, our focus is on cocoa farmers in Ghana, and the difficult decisions they have to make for themselves and their families.
Have you ever thought about what you want to be when you’re older? Would you like to follow in your parents’ footsteps?
Cocoa farming is a tough job. It means working very hard in the hot sun, looking after the cocoa trees, then harvesting the pods, fermenting and drying the beans and packing up the sacks of cocoa to be made into your favourite bar of chocolate.
But if selling cocoa doesn’t earn you enough to feed your family, and improve your farm, it’s not surprising that the next generation might not be that keen to stay in cocoa farming.
Thanks to chocolate lovers choosing fairtrade companies like Divine, there is a new generation of children who have had access to an education their cocoa farming parents often missed out on.
Many now have bigger dreams to use their education to become nurses or doctors, engineers or bank clerks. They can also see that, through fairtrade, cocoa farming is becoming more fairly paid, and working together as a cooperative means farmers are doing better for themselves. So these children have choices.
Imagine having to make this decision for yourself; think about what would persuade you to take over the family cocoa farm when you grow up.
For inspiration, read last year’s winning poems titled, 'If I Met A Cocoa Famer...’
How to enter
We have two competitions – one Welsh language and one English language. The competitions are open to everyone aged six and above.
This year’s judges are Children’s Poet Laureate of Wales, Aneirin Karadog, and children’s author, poet and songwriter, John Dougherty.
Prizes include Divine Chocolate, book vouchers, t-shirts and mugs. Plus the winning poems will either be read by the judge in the finalist’s school or recorded on a video.
Closing date: 1 May, 2015
Please go to the Divine website for information on how to enter the English language competition and top tips for poets!
You can find details on how to enter this year’s Welsh Language edition here or email LSion@cymorth-cristnogol.org