Promoting Fairtrade in Bridge of Don through a Coop Fairtrade Community Project

Aberdeen for a Fairer World (AFW) is pleased to be a partner with Bridge of Don Academy who are supporting our work through their Fairtrade community project.

You can support us by going to the membership section on the Co-op website and changing your local cause to Aberdeen for a Fairer World by pasting the following link into your browser

You will be invited to log in or join as a Co-op member.

Then you will have the chance to choose Aberdeen for a Fairer World as the cause you support.

Several events in the Bridge of Don area in or around the Academy will take place is the early autumn, such as a Fairtrade Bake-off and  a Fairtrade Quiz.

We were pleased to see that Scotstown Road Coop endorsed our project in February and pointed people to our facebook entry:

If you change your mind later, you can change to another Cause.

All your 1% from your shopping Coop brand goods will now go to supporting Aberdeen for a Fairer World.

Thank you!

We have a vacancy for a Global Learning Advisor – come and join the team!

Global Learning Advisor (part-time)

21 hours per week, £16.50 per hour

Fixed term 12 months from July 2019 in the first instance, continuation dependent on further funding

Aberdeen for a Fairer World (AFW) wishes to appoint a Global Learning Advisor, working in its education section, the Montgomery Development Education Centre (MDEC).

The successful candidate will focus primarily on MDEC’s responsibility for promoting, arranging and delivering training, advice and support to teachers and schools in the North East of Scotland who are participating in the Connecting Classrooms through Global Learning (CCGL) programme, run by the British Council and funded by DfID:

Main duties:

Professional Learning for teachers: promoting, arranging and delivering the CCGL programme’s training courses, maintaining engagement with attendees and reporting progress to funders.

Local Advisor to schools/clusters: providing support and advice to schools/clusters seeking to form international partnerships under the CCGL programme and to schools/clusters applying for funding from the British Council under the CCGL programme and reporting progress to funders.

You will also be involved in MDEC’s core education work.

Person specification:


  • Understanding of and commitment to global justice issues
  • Experience of designing and delivering training sessions and interactive workshops
  • Ability to manage own work, meet deadlines, report on progress and manage multiple tasks
  • Excellent communication skills (including written) and ability to work effectively as part of a team
  • Creative approach to work, including promotion of activities and maximising engagement
  • Good IT skills and, ideally, experience of using social media for professional purposes
  • Flexible approach to work, including travel across NE Scotland and some evening/weekend working
  • Access to a car and a full driving licence


  • Experience, knowledge and understanding of the Scottish school education system and curriculum
  • Experience of delivering global learning in schools
  • Experience in project design, project management and the development of funding applications
  • Experience within the voluntary/third sector

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

For further information, including a more detailed job description, please call AFW’s office at the Montgomery Development Education Centre on 01224 620111 or email

Closing date for applications: 5pm on Friday 17 May 2019

Aberdeen for a Fairer World is an Equal Opportunities employer.

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


Aberdeen for a Fairer World Scottish Charity Number SC014585

45 Victoria Street, Aberdeen AB10 1UX

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AFW seeks new trustees

We are seeking new trustees who share our passion for creating a fairer world

AFW is a registered Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SC014585), with the purpose of educating and enabling people in the North East of Scotland to take action to create a fairer world.

AFW incorporates the Montgomery Development Education Centre (MDEC), which was set up in 1983 to focus on developing and delivering Global Citizenship Education within both the formal and non-formal education sectors.

Please see our website for more details.

The need for new trustees

We have nine trustees currently and, whilst this provides an adequate complement of people with a good range of skills and interests, we wish to strengthen the team with a few more skilled, committed people who share our ethos of working together to create a fairer world.

We are particularly keen to hear from those with expertise in any of these areas:

  • Business planning and strategy
  • Financial management
  • Recruitment and HR procedures
  • Governance and compliance (including Data Protection)
  • Digital systems and technology
  • Communications
  • Chairing and leadership

We are happy to provide more details of the skills we are seeking, our trustee recruitment process and general information about our organisation and its activities – please email us at

If you wish to be considered as a trustee for Aberdeen for a World, please email our Chair, Dr Nigel Dower, at, sending your CV and a covering note explaining your interest in our work.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Closing date: 31 March 2019

Fairtrade Fortnight: 25 February – 10 March 2019

What is Fairtrade Fortnight?

For two weeks each year, thousands of individuals, companies and groups across the UK come together to celebrate the people who grow our food, people who live in some of the poorest countries in the world and who are often exploited and badly paid. This year Fairtrade Fortnight is focusing on the people – in particular the women – who grow the cocoa in the chocolate we love so much. The theme is ‘She deserves a living income’. You can find more information and resources for Fairtrade Fortnight 2019 on the Fairtrade Foundation’s website.

The following Fairtrade Fortnight events will take place in Aberdeen, at the University of Aberdeen and across Aberdeenshire:


And if you’re out and about in Aberdeenshire during Fairtrade Fortnight, why not take part in this cafe crawl?

Start the Change Teacher Training – More information confirmed!

Are you passionate about educating for a better world? Do you want to start the change?

We are delighted to announce more information about this exciting teacher training session!


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.

Start the Change is a European-wide project, involving teachers and young people from 12 European countries. It aims to support Learning for Sustainability and active Global Citizenship in young people, with a focus on exploring issues around the Sustainable Development Goals and migration. It offers free training and individual support to develop a unit of work for learners on relevant themes, as well as funding to support youth-led action in schools or local communities.


Training in Aberdeen will be on Saturdays 12 and 26 January 2019, delivered by MDEC and Highland One World.

Contact Charlie Barrow, Global Learning Advisor at Montgomery DEC, Aberdeen: to sign up and for more information.

The two day practical course will cover learning for sustainability and global citizenship education, the UN Global Goals, links between migration and inequality. It will also explore different approaches to transformative education, such as storytelling and service learning. Find the agenda for the two days here.

Expert speakers include Colm Regan, author of 80:20 Development in an Unequal World. He’s been at the forefront of Development Education worldwide for decades!


Keith Turner (PT Geography at Speyside High School) said “I really loved the Start the Change course and it has made me deliver the population topic at Higher differently.  It’s also helped me to think about how much is changing globally – it’s too easy to keep teaching the same stuff in the same way each year.  But the world is a different place since 2003 when I first taught the subject. With the help of the Start the Change training, this year’s students are more aware of the reality of the topic and are engaging more fully as members of our global community.”

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.

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.