Editor’s Note: This is the second installment of a five-day look into one of WRAP’s most exciting training courses, taught by our Vice President of Training and Education Stuart Webster to third-year honors students in the Fashion Management degree program at the Amsterdam Fashion Institute (AMFI). AMFI students will learn the ins-and-outs of factory certification, social compliance practices and challenges, and the role of audits and WRAP certification in the apparel and fashion industry.
The day focused on the principles of prohibition of child labor, forced labor, and trafficked labor. The day began with a factory compliance team exercise—with the class splitting into two groups and matching up flash cards on a wall.
Then, on to a worksheet to map out the characteristics of an auditing team.
Later in the morning, the course turned to the principle of forced labor, with an exercise on how to spot forced labor.
With reinforcement and positive encouragement from Webster, students determined the indicators of forced labor. Students learned that, as auditors, they should look for the following characteristics of forced labor in factories:
– High level of security on premises
– Migrant workers
– Labor contracts with agents and recruitment services
– Retention of documents
– Restricted freedom of movement
– Fines and other forms of discipline
Moving on from forced labor to child labor, Webster said, “Child labor is one of the most emotive subjects in the world.” Making use of various educational techniques, Webster then showed the class a graphic, powerful video about child labor in India show by the BBC.
“The WRAP course uses a good combination of visual, auditory and kinesthetic styles through such things as pre-made flashcards with color used to assist exploration, brainstorming, mind-mapping, positive feedback and reinforcement, jig saw puzzles,” said IRCA course monitor Harry Mitchell, who visited the WRAP course for the day.
Later in the day, throwing a squishy basketball around, Webster asked the students to call out types of discrimination. Engaged and interested, various students called out types of discrimination as they caught the ball.
Students named possible types of discrimination that an auditor could find in a factory, such as: age, gender, religion, health, sexuality, hair color, skin color, political views.
Concluding for the day, Webster assigned the students homework for the following day—but, rather than write answers, the students were told to draw their responses to health and safety issues in factories.
Check back tomorrow for a recap of the third day of the WRAP at AMFI course.
The course runs this week—January 30 to February 3, 2012. Throughout the session, WRAP will feature live updates from the Amsterdam Fashion Institute on Twitter, Facebook and the WRAP blog. For tweets on the subject, look for the hashtag #WRAPatAMFI.
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