FREE CPD Session: Teaching Rights in Context – Miniature Earth Learning Project, Monday 26 November 2018, 4 – 6pm at MDEC in Aberdeen.

You are warmly invited to join us at Montgomery Development Education Centre (MDEC) for this CPD session, which will focus on using the unique Miniature Earth Learning Project to explore the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals alongside Children’s Rights, whilst placing both in a local and global context.

The Miniature Earth Learning Project (MELP) is structured to enable active learning, independent and group-based research and critical thinking to produce an end presentation that can be celebrated at our annual event in May 2019. It is also clearly linked to many areas of the CfE, as mapped out in the resource handout, which will be available at the session.

If teachers wish to engage with this project, follow up support will be provided through mentoring sessions, team-teaching opportunities and a range of resources from our partner organisations.

When: Monday 26 November 2018, 4-6pm

Where:  Aberdeen for a Fairer World/Montgomery DEC, 45 Victoria Street, Aberdeen AB10 1UX (Girlguiding Aberdeen building)

Booking via Eventbrite: 

Please share this around your staffroom and with your teacher friends and colleagues!

Is Aberdeen too far for you to travel to on a school day?

We are looking for schools in Moray, North Aberdeenshire, South Aberdeenshire and West Aberdeenshire to host one of these sessions. All you need to provide is a room with a laptop and screen, some refreshments and some willing teachers. We will then promote this around our network and invite teachers from local schools or who live in your area to come to the session.

It’s a great way to network and a lovely excuse to drink tea together while finding ways to really embed Global Citizenship and Rights education in your class and school!

For further information, please contact our Global Learning Advisor, Charlie Barrow:

Applications for Global Learning Partnerships 2019 – now open

Our friends at the Wood Foundation are now looking for enthusiastic practitioners to join their Global Learning Partnerships 2019 Cohort.

This is a great opportunity for teachers to take part in their month-long placement in Rwanda or Uganda, as well as two pre-departure sessions and one debrief.

The application period is active from now until 11th January.

Find more information regarding the application here.

FREE twilight CPD – UN Global Goal 6 Clean Water & Sanitation, Thursday 8 November 2018 at Aberdeen Science Centre

You are invited to join us to look at UN Global Goal 6 – clean water and sanitation, to be held at Aberdeen Science Centre on Thursday 8 November 2018  


This twilight CLPL is for all teachers who have in interest in Children’s Rights, the UN Global Goals and STEM. It’s the latest collaboration between the Montgomery Development Education Centre and the STEM Ambassadors programme based at Aberdeen Science Centre. The event shall feature resource ideas and fun interactive practical activities with a STEM thread throughout. Please see the Eventbrite link below for more information and to register your attendance.

When: Thursday 8 November 2018,  4.30pm – 6pm

Where:  Aberdeen Science Centre, 179 Constitution Street, Aberdeen AB24 5TU View Map

Booking via Eventbrite:

This event is free but places are limited, so book today!

Short Films for Primary Schools – FREE EVENT 15 Nov – Take One Action Film Festivals

Our friends at Take One Action Film Festivals are hosting  a free screening of short films for primary schools at Belmont Filmhouse as part of their programme this year.

Belmont Filmhouse, Aberdeen
Thursday 15 November | 10:45 – 12:15

Part of their special programme are short films from around the world, which spotlight issues of power, conflict, gender equlity, access to education, food and the environment.

With a strong focus on the rights of the child, the event incorporated fun, accessible opportunities for pupils to explore and discuss some of the key issues that affect them and the planet.

Book tickets here:

Find more information on their full festival programme here, taking place from Friday Nov 16 to Sunday Nov 18!



Scotland Malawi Partnership Schools’ Forum – Montgomery DEC Aberdeen, 7 November 2018, 4.30pm – 7.00pm

Run in partnership with Montgomery DEC (the education section of Aberdeen for a Fairer World), the SMP Schools Forum is a great chance to find out more about how to include Global Citizenship in your classroom or school. You’ll find out more about organisations in your area that offer support; work in groups to look at matters related to school partnerships; get practical advice on exploring Global Citizenship and free resources, all topped off with networking over Malawian drinks and snacks!

You don’t need to be a member of the Scotland Malawi Partnership or have a school partnership to attend, just an interest in finding out more about Global Citizenship, Learning for Sustainability and school partnerships.

When: 7 November 2018,  4.30pm – 7pm

Where: Montgomery DEC/Aberdeen for a Fairer World, 45 Victoria Street, Aberdeen AB10 1UX (Girlguiding Aberdeen building). Directions at 

Booking: please email to book your place.

This event is free but places are limited so book today!

One World Week 2018 in Aberdeen – events start 28 September, including John Forster Memorial Lecture on 15 October.

OWW 2018 Leaflet

In Aberdeen we have a One World Week programme which spans several week – this year from 28 September until 6 November.

You can see the full details of this year’s programme on the OWW Aberdeen 2018 flyer


OWW 2018 in Aberdeen marks our gratitude to John Forster who sadly died on 7th July 2014 and whose great enthusiasm and commitment lay behind the revival of Aberdeen’s contribution to OWW in the last seven years. We are delighted to announce that this year’s John Forster Memorial Lecture will be given by

Michael Tribe

Honorary Lecturer in Economics, University of Strathclyde & Co-convener of the Development Studies Association Scotland


‘The Future of Aid: The Impact of the Trump
Administration and of the Brexit Prospect ’

Monday 15 October, 2018, 6.00 pm

Room MR810, MacRobert Building, King Street, Old Aberdeen

All welcome

Aberdeen University Centre for Global Development (CGD) and Aberdeen for a Fairer World (AFW)

Contact: Nigel Dower 

Join our team! Vacancy for a part-time Fair Trade Business Development Officer at AFW

Fair Trade Business Development Officer (part-time)

Part-time – 5 hours per week

£14.00 per hour

Fixed term, 12 months from October 2018 (continuation dependent on further funding)

Aberdeen for a Fairer World wishes to appoint a part-time Fair Trade Business Development Officer to develop opportunities to increase engagement with, and generate income from, Fair Trade activities in Aberdeen city and shire.

Main duties:

  • Exploring opportunities and developing contacts to increase the reach of Fair Trade activities in Aberdeen city and shire
  • Identifying new retail and other activities which could generate income from Fair Trade activities
  • Organising occasional Fair Trade pop-up stalls, including working with volunteers and keeping records.

Other duties may include attending meetings of, and working with, Aberdeen City Fair Trade Steering Group and leading occasional Fair Trade awareness raising sessions with key target groups.

Person specification:


  • Knowledge of the Fair Trade movement and commitment to the principles of social justice for producers
  • Excellent communication skills for interaction with AFW colleagues and the wider public
  • Good IT skills and experience of using the internet, email and Microsoft Office software packages
  • Ability to keep accurate financial records
  • Ability to work both independently and within a team
  • A clean driving licence


  • Experience of the retail sector
  • Access to a car
  • Experience within the voluntary sector

To apply, please email your detailed CV with a covering letter to Dr Geraldine McNeill, HR Lead:

For further information, including a more detailed job specification, please call the Montgomery Development Education Centre on 01224 620111 or email

Closing date for applications: Monday 1 October 2018 at 12 noon.

Aberdeen for a Fairer World is an Equal Opportunities employer. 

 Applicants should be prepared to provide evidence of eligibility to work in the UK.


Start the Change – project launch at MDEC, Wednesday 26 September 2018

Start the Change 

Are you passionate about educating for a better world? We are looking for enthusiastic secondary teachers and youth workers to be part of an exciting new transformative EU global learning project on issues around inequality and migration – Start the Change.

To find out more and meet local organisations working on these issues, help us launch the project in Aberdeen on Wednesday 26 September, from 4.30pm – 6pm at Montgomery DEC, 45 Victoria Street, Aberdeen AB10 1UX.

See Flier for Aberdeen launch and RSVP to Charlie Barrow:

Why Start the Change now?

Young people are growing up in a world that is changing almost as fast as they are. Our interconnected and interdependent world brings huge opportunities, but it also brings challenges such as conflict, inequality and environmental degradation.

Feelings of powerlessness to change the world around them can be a common challenge, but given the opportunity, young people can be powerful agents of change. Pupils are entitled to an education which develops the necessary skills, values and attitudes to engage effectively with the opportunities and challenges our globalised world brings and to have a voice in shaping a fairer more sustainable future.

Aims of the project

Working with schools and young people across 11 European countries, Start the Change aims to empower teachers, youth workers and pupils to explore, debate and take action on local and global issues. Focussing on the links between the UN Sustainable Development Goals, inequality and migration, the project aims to develop a model of active global citizenship for young people.

The project involves training and mentoring for teachers and youth workers, support for working with young people, resource development and opportunities for networking across Europe. MDEC are working in partnership with Highland One World to deliver this project in the Aberdeen area.

Project teachers and youth workers will take part in two training days, 12 and 26 January 2019 in Aberdeen, followed by individually tailored mentoring and free resource support.

Schools will be given funded support to work with young people.

Get involved

If you are interested in being part of Start the Change, please contact Charlie Barrow at

Montgomery DEC – details of FREE CPD programme 2018-19

We hope you had a restful summer and are looking forward to working with you again this year.

We are delighted to launch our CPD programme for the 2018-19 school session: MDEC CPD booklet 2018-19. Our sessions are provided free of charge and are focused on supporting you to link Global Learning to your classroom practice and across your school.

You’ll see from the booklet that we have changed the format of our twilight sessions, in that we are now looking for schools to book and host a session and to help us to promote this amongst the network. We will manage the booking process and also promote outwith the school’s immediate area too.

Our sessions can be tweaked and tailored, so please get in touch if there is something that you need that is not in the booklet.

Please contact our Global Learning Adviser, Charlie Barrow for more information: 

In addition, there are some other opportunities in the next few weeks that your teaching staff may be interested in.

*** UN Global Goals School STEM Summit 2018 *** Tuesday 25 September 2018 at Aberdeen Science Centre

Aberdeen Science Centre and The Montgomery Development Education Centre invite teachers of STEM subjects and STEM Ambassadors to celebrate the 3rd anniversary of the UN Global Goals for Sustainable Development. This annual event shall showcase interactive classroom resource activities and afford the opportunity for attendees to consider methods of incorporating global issues and children’s rights in the classroom whilst maintaining a STEM focus.

Register by going to

*** SIGNPOSTS Fiction Book Club – two part session *** First twilight session – Wednesday 3 October 2018 at Montgomery DEC, 45 Victoria Street AB10 1UX

MDEC are looking for teachers with a particular interest in literacy and global citizenship education. We are running a session on Wednesday 3 October from 4.30pm at our office in Victoria Street. We will discuss the use of storytelling in global citizenship education as well as what makes a good GCE fiction resource. At the end of this session, teachers will be invited to borrow books to use with their class. We will aim to meet back at the beginning of November to evaluate the resources’ success and this will inform the selection of new titles for the updating of the SIGNPOSTS website’s fiction list.

This is a one-off, 2-part session although it may be repeated if there is an appetite.

*** Fair Trade Ferry to a Fairer Future event *** Wednesday 3 October 2018, 10am – 12.30pm, onboard NorthLink Ferry at Aberdeen Harbour

Please look out for the invitation to attend our annual fair trade ferry event, being held on 3 October. If you already know that you are keen to send a group of 4 children, please contact However, we are looking to give initial places to schools that have not been before. A letter will be sent/emailed out shortly. In the meantime you can see more details here: Fairtrade Ferry To A Fairer Future flyer 2018

As always, for more information, or to discuss your school’s global learning needs, please call us on 01224 620111.

Grampian Fair Trade Regional Session – Cults Parish Church, Saturday 1 September, 2-4pm

The Scottish Fair Trade Forum is hosting an informative session available to anyone interested in Fair Trade. The session is a fantastic opportunity for networking between Fair Trade groups in the Aberdeen area and to discuss recent developments in the Fair Trade movement. Fairtrade refreshments will be served.


1. General Introduction to Fair Trade

2. New developments within Fair Trade (e.g. Brexit, UK Trade Policy, Cadburys, Sainsburys etc)

3. Running a Fair Trade group: expanding reach and communications (including social media and website).

4. Administration of running a Fair Trade group: GDPR, insurance, risk assessments etc.

All welcome to attend.

Please let us know if you have any access or dietary requirements.

For more information about the Scottish Fair Trade Forum, visit:

Twitter & Facebook: @FairTradeNation