Exploring different standpoints on Fair Trade – a seminar at Montgomery DEC on Thursday 27 April 2017, 6 – 8pm

Welcome to an evening exploring different standpoints on fair trade.

We will be looking at whether fair trade is an effective contribution to global justice and will also discuss how organisations promote and portray fair trade in the UK.

To book please visit Eventbrite:


First talk
Dr Nigel Dower
What makes Fair Trade Fair’
This talk seeks to show that, although benevolence often underlies motivation for fair trade, a more adequate motivational basis involves theories of global justice and attempts to reduce an individual’s dependence on systems of injustice.

Second talk
Rosario Alurralde & Hannes Sundkvist
‘The image of Fair Trade and the challenges on each side of the supply chain’
What message comes across when we discuss fair trade? This talk will examine the challenges on each side of the supply chain, including the possible contradiction of some NGOs advocating for fair trade while other NGOs deliver aid projects.

Refreshments will be served, fairly traded of course!

Tou will find Montgomery DEC at 79 Queen Street AB10 1AN – for further details and directions, please visit the Contact us page of this website

Summer term 2017 at Montgomery DEC – book your CPD places now!

During Term 4, we are offering three CPD twilights focusing on organisations which produce Global Learning material. Each session is designed for attendees to gain knowledge of well-known resource providers, as well as exploring and gaining confidence in their resources. Sessions will cover both primary and secondary resources.

To book places please follow the Eventbrite links, for more information please email Hannes Sundkvist: mdec.hannes@btconnect.com

All sessions will take place at Montgomery DEC, 79 Queen Street AB10 1AN and are held on Thursdays from 4.30pm – 6.00pm

For more details, please see MDEC CPD Leaflet Summer term 2017

  18 May 2017 – Practical Action resources

Welcome to the world of Practical Action’s free, STEM-based resources on Global Learning. This session will focus on how their practical activities can be used to address global issues, such as climate change.

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  25 May 2017UNICEF resources

“Every child has the right to an education – whatever their background, gender or ethnicity.” This is a recurring theme in UNICEF’s resources, designed to support teachers when embedding rights learning in their classrooms.

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  8 June 2017Oxfam Education resources

Oxfam Education offer a wide range of ideas, resources and support for developing Global Learning and pupils’ understanding of the world and how to make positive difference in it. This session will cover a wide range of material suitable for introducing Global Citizenship.

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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 mdec.paula@btconnect.com and Hannes Sundkvist mdec.hannes@btconnect.com


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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 mdec.hannes@btconnect.com

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: http://bit.ly/2c1Rss7


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.

Happy New Year – we’re back!

We hope you are all feeling refreshed from the holidays and look forward to working with you in 2017.

We have a few dates in our diary already:

Tuesday 24 January – book launch for 7th edition of 80:20 – Development in an Unequal World by Colm Regan at Aberdeen Science Centre. Please email Steve Roberts to book your place: montgomerydec@btconnect.com. More details here.

Thursday 2 February – Fair Trade CPD at Montgomery DEC, 4:30 – 6:00pm – sharing resources and activities for Fairtrade Fortnight (27 February – 12 March 2017). Email Hannes Sundkvist to book your place: mdec.hannes@btconnect.com

We are currently planning our CPD programme for the term – if you’d like us to visit your school/cluster, please email Hannes Sundkvist to arrange this: mdec.hannes@btconnect.com


New GREC Language Cafe starts January 2017, in Northfield/Mastrick

In January GREC will be starting up a new cafe to cover the Northfield/Mastrick area of Aberdeen.

language-cafe-northfield-mastrickThis will be based in Cummings Park Community Center, on the 1st and 3rd Monday of every month, 11am-midday, starting on Monday 16th January.

As with the other cafes, these are free and open to anyone whose first language is not English.

There is no need to book, people can just come along.

Contact Louise Nind at GREC for more information lnind@grec.co.uk


FREE Twilight CPD at MDEC, Thursday 17 November 2016 – Global Goal 13: Climate Action

We will be pleased to welcome you to Montgomery Development Education Centre and our eighth CPD session on Global Learning this autumn. This week we will touch upon one topic we all can relate to, namely global warning and climate change.

To book your place, please email Hannes Sundkvist mdec.hannes@btconnect.com

Aim and Session

The aim with this twilight is to explore ways in which problematic topics around climate change can be brought into the classroom. During the session attendees will be presented with a range of materials that touch upon themes relating to Global Goal 13: Climate Action. Three major themes of this are: Climate Change, Global Warming and Take Action for the Climate. Another key aim with this session is to bring the global to the local and look at how we treat nature, but also how we are affected by climate change from a Scottish perspective.

 Material and Resources

At this session we will present the latest material designed for teaching climate issues. The primary material that we are to look at in this session is the online resource Our Forest Our Future – a resource which illustrates how forests play a vital role for our environment, here in Scotland and globally. The secondary material used during this session is from well-known producers of Global Learning resources, such as OXFAM Education, Stride Magazine, World’s Largest Lesson, RISC (Reading International Solidarity Centre) and Practical Action.


The outcome of this session is for attendees to be more confident in bringing climate change and global learning topics into your classroom. At this session you will be introduced to resources which you can use to link global climate issues with events in Scotland.

More information, schedule and how to register for our ongoing CPD Sessions: http://bit.ly/2c1Rss7