FREE Twilight CPD at MDEC: The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind – Thursday 16 March 2017, 4.30pm to 6pm

Global Learning through STEM subjects

William Kamkwamba was born in a Malawi where magic ruled and modern science was a mystery. Faced with crippling adversity and unable to afford an education his determination and ingenuity changed not only his situation but his whole community upon building a windmill out of scrap – generating electricity.

William’s life is remarkable and filled with story for us to draw knowledge from. He teaches the importance of reading, to encourage creativity and the significance of science when lifting people out of poverty. Welcome to this STEM CPD based on William’s story.

To book your place, please email Hannes Sundkvist

Aim and Session

The aim with this session is to explore STEM subjects in relation to the book ‘The Boy who Harnessed the Wind’. Hence, it will stress how we can bring the world into your classroom through numbers and at the same time challenge stereotypes. The session is designed to help raise awareness, compare and answer questions through graphs, statistics and tables. We will look at resources that link and emphasise equality and Human Rights through Numeracy.

Material and Resources

The primary material for this session are three different editions of the book The Boy who Harnessed the Wind – stretching from an early years edition to its original version, suitable for later Secondary. Other material  presented during this Twilight will include Oxfam’s More or Less Equal and STEM challenges from Practical Action.


By attending this session you will gain knowledge on different ways to approach global issues using maths, statistics and designing graphs. The key outcome of this session is for attendees to gain understanding and confidence to apply STEM subjects to measure and compare our world by using numbers.

More information, schedule and how to register for our ongoing CPD Sessions:


Fairtrade Fortnight 2017 runs from 27 February – 12 March

Please find below details of events being held in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire. Please contact the named organiser if you require further info about an individual event.

The venue for the Go Bananas craft event on Saturday 11 March is now confirmed as the John Skinner Centre, King Street, AB24 5AX (beside St Andrews Cathedral)

The University of Aberdeen has a wide range of activities, events, sales and promotions throughout the fortnight – some are mentioned below, for full details see their poster here

And NorthLink Ferries will be offering a free refill on any Fairtrade hot drink sold at the till during the fortnight – full details on NorthLink Ferries’ Facebook page

If you are organising a Fairtrade Fortnight event and would like it added to the list, please email Paula Merchant and Hannes Sundkvist


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FREE Twilight CPD at MDEC: GeoBus – 9 March 2017, 4.30pm to 6pm

We are delighted to welcome GeoBus to hold a CPD Twilight on climate change. GeoBus is a St Andrews-based Earth Science Learning education project supported by the Natural Environment Research Council, Scottish Government and industry. Curious about GeoBus? Take a look at when they visited Aberdeen and St Machar Academy:

To book your place, please email Hannes Sundkvist

Aim and Session

The main aim with this session is to prepare and get ready for climate week, which is happening from 18 March and finishes with Earth Hour at 8.30pm on 25 March. The second aim is for teachers to get familiar with GeoBus’ downloadable education resources. The session is planned so attendees can explore practical experiments designed to enable understanding of climate change impact on a global scene, but also its national effects on Scotland.

Material and Resources

The key resources to be explored during this CPD session are Geobus’ own material, all designed for practitioners to learn more about topics related to climate change, such as geology. Alongside these resources, attendees will also be given a range of example resources from Practical Action, World’s Largest Lesson and RISC – Reading International Equality Centre.


By attending this session, teachers will gain confidence in addressing climate change topics. Other key skills that can be drawn from this session will be out-door learning based activities.

More information, schedule and how to register for our ongoing CPD Sessions:


Montgomery DEC at the Aberdeen Learning Festival – 14 February 2017

We are delighted to say that we will be at the Aberdeen Learning Festival again this year. We will be on Stand 11 throughout the day, so please come and visit!

If you’ve signed up for our seminars He Named Me Malala (Seminar 1T) and UN’s seventeen Global Goals for Sustainability (Seminar 2T) we look forward to seeing you at these sessions, which are now fully booked.

If you didn’t manage to get a place on our seminars, do pop along to Stand 11 and we will be happy to talk to you about our free CPD programme and how we can support you and your school with global learning.