FREE Twilight CPD at MDEC, 1 September 2016: The Global Goals – Happy 1st Birthday

We still have places left on our Twilight CPD next Thursday, 1 September from 4.30 – 6.00pm at MDEC.

This session serves as an introduction to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, also known as the Global Goals.

To book your place, please email Hannes Sundkvist

What are the Global Goals?

The Global Goals or the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), are an international set of 17 aspirational goals adopted in 2015 by the United Nations. The SDGs are the successor to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) which ran from 2000 to 2015. Visit: for more information.

Aim and Session

The aim with this session is to establish a base for teaching The 17 Sustainable Development Goals. The session will involve an introduction to the SDGs and explore ways for teachers to communicate them to varying ages by using both paper and film resources. Attendees will be given the opportunity to look at a broad range of material and discuss how these are best used in the classroom to create a base for pupils in understanding the SDGs as a spring board for future Global Learning.

Material and Resources

This session will focus on resources from four producers of school material: The World’s Largest Lesson; Practical Action; Stride Magazine and Oxfam Education. All material is aimed at creating an understanding of the SDGs and their importance as well as introducing pupils to Global Citizenship.


This session will equip teachers and educational staff with resources to introduce The 17 Sustainable Development Goals in the classroom and give them the confidence to relate school activities across the curriculum to the SDGs as part of Learning for Sustainability.

For more information on our CPD Sessions, please visit the Professional Learning page of this website:





Fraserburgh Academy links Fair Trade and the Global Goals

Fraserburgh Academy is taking the lead in North East Scotland by linking Global Learning with Fair Trade and the Sustainable Development Goals.

F'burgh Academy


As a result of their participation in the Global Learning Programme Scotland, Fraserburgh Academy held a two day event named “Fair Trade, Water Aid”, which Depute Head Pauline Buchan described as an “Interdisciplinary project … designed to raise awareness of the Sustainable Development Goals”.


Staff from the Montgomery Development Education Centre (MDEC) visited Fraserburgh Academy to help celebrate the hard work by pupils and staff, holding a whole school assembly on how Fair Trade can be used to explore global issues and meeting pupils engaged in various activities that raised awareness of global issues and illustrated what it means to be a global citizen.

MDEC was also asked to judge the pupils’ infographics competition on the theme “Fairtrade and Global Goal 6: Clean Water and Sanitation”. After careful consideration, two winners were picked – their entries can be seen in the picture above.

This event is a springboard for the future, as Fraserburgh Academy and MDEC will be working in close partnership with other local schools to promote and embed Global Learning in the Fraserburgh area.

This video is a summary of the day at Fraserburgh



Montgomery DEC – Global Learning twilight CPDs for teachers 2016-17, Term 1

We are delighted to announce our CPD programme for Term 1 of the 2016-17 school session here at Montgomery DEC.

For full details of dates and titles/themes of sessions, please see our leaflet MDEC CPD Sessions Term 1 2016-17 leaflet

On ten Thursdays this term we will explore various themes connected to Global Learning – we are using the Sustainable Development Goals, launched on 25 September 2015, as a springboard for our CPD sessions. For more information on the SDGs, visit

If you’d like to know how to teach global issues through numeracy, or what resources there are to engage pupils to ask questions on gender inequality, or how you can have fun and learn about Water & Sanitation through World Toilet Day, these sessions are for you!

Each session is tailor-made to support teachers in embedding global citizenship within the Curriculum for Excellence by exploring ways in which pupils can develop their understanding of the world, their place in it and how they can make it more just and sustainable.

Every CPD involves a presentation of resources and material linked to the theme of that week’s session. Teachers who attend will be given samples of material and activities after each session, and the opportunity to borrow resources from our Global Learning library.

All sessions will run at Montgomery DEC, 79 Queen Street, Aberdeen AB10 1AN from 4.30 – 6pm.

Please email our Global Learning Advisor, Hannes Sundkvist, if you’d like to attend or need further information

We look forward to working with you this session!

Aberdeen’s Fair Trade shop is now open!

We are delighted to announce that our new Fair Trade shop is now up and running at 44 Union Street, having been formally opened by the Lord Provost on 13 August.

We will be open every Thursday, Friday and Saturday selling Fair Trade food, gifts and takeaway coffee.

We look forward to seeing you there – and if you’d like to volunteer to help in the shop, please email Nicholas Care