FREE three-part course! Connecting Classrooms through Global Learning – Learning for the Sustainable Development Goals, starts 3 October 2019


Teachers working at every level in Scottish education are invited to join MDEC in Aberdeen for this FREE three part course.

About this Event

Looking for fun and exciting ideas to bring into the classroom for your learners around the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals?

Learning for the SDGs is a free 3-part course designed for GTCS registered teachers and early years practitioners in Scotland.

Please note the 3-part course runs across the following dates starting at 4.30 (tea/coffee from 4pm):

3rd October

10th October

7th November 2019

Book your place now via Eventbrite

Combining an interactive online element with a participatory approach among like-minded practitioners, Learning for the SDGs is designed to support teachers in developing their confidence, knowledge, and skills to bring the 17 UN SDGs alive in the classroom and beyond.

Links to Curriculum for Excellence will be made explicit, as will the national and international contexts which support young people to critically engage in real-world issues.

Further information about this course and the wider Connecting Classrooms through Global Learning programme can be found here. Please note – this course is titled “Level 2” but you are not required nor will you miss out by having not completed Level 1.

Welcome to the 2019/20 session at Montgomery DEC!

We hope that you are feeling refreshed after your summer break and ready to join us for FREE Global Learning/Learning for Sustainability CPD sessions.

This term, we are excited to be delivering our first Professional Learning sessions under the new Connecting Classrooms through Global Learning programme. Learning for the SDGs is a free 3-part course designed for GTCS registered teachers and early years practitioners in Scotland, offering fun and exciting ideas to bring into the classroom for your learners, around the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Full details, dates and registration are on Eventbrite

Keep an eye on our website, social media and Eventbrite for more courses – and we are happy to bring our CPDs to your school! Have a look at our full 2019/20 programme of sessions for details of available CPDs, including how to book them.

We look forward to working with you!

Become a trustee for AFW!

Are you interested in International Development, Global Citizenship and Fair Trade?                                                                       

We educate and enable people in the North East of Scotland to take action to create a fairer world and we need trustees!

About us

We are part of a vibrant, confident, voluntary sector. Apart from our overarching value of global justice, we are committed to transparency, diversity and inclusion

Founded over 30 years ago as the Third World Centre, running the first solely Fairtrade retail outlet in the Kirk of St Nicholas, our activities grew as we led the Aberdeen Fairtrade City campaign, achieving Fair Trade status for the city in 2004. Alongside this work we established the Montgomery Development Education Centre (MDEC), offering training, support and resources for global citizenship education.

Currently we are:

In all of this work, we focus on the Global Goals for Sustainable Development, which aim to end extreme poverty, fight inequality & injustice and fix climate change by 2030.

We receive funding from the Scottish Government and DfID/British Council for our education work and have four part-time salaried staff, supported by other staff and volunteers.

We welcome interest from potential new trustees – anyone with commitment and enthusiasm for creating a fairer world, but particularly at the present time those with some experience in governance/legal compliance or in Human Resources and/or an interest in future chairing responsibilities.

Our Trustees manage the work of AFW, which is a SCIO. Currently we have nine trustees, but really do need more! We hold Board meetings every six weeks or so (on a weekday, usually 5pm – 7pm).

Opportunities for volunteers

Even if you can’t commit to becoming a trustee, we appreciate many forms of volunteer help in our activities. We have projects in the office and off-campus that always welcome outside help.

To apply to be a trustee of AFW, or for more information on the role, please email our coordinator, Paula Merchant:

Summer 2019 at AFW MDEC

We won’t be closed completely over the school summer holidays, but we will be taking our own holidays during this time. If you’d like to pop in to chat about your plans for next session or to borrow resources, please do give us a call first on 01224 620111 – we’ll be delighted to see you, but don’t want you to have a wasted trip!

Alternatively, drop us an email at and we’ll get back to you when we’re next in the office.

Thank you for working with us during the 2018-19 session – we hope that you have a restful break and look forward to working with you during the 2019-20 session!

15 Years of Fairtrade status for Aberdeen city

In 2004 Aberdeen became the first Fairtrade city in Scotland. Every two years since then, the Fairtrade steering group is required to show the commitments the city continues to make to maintain the award. 

What is required?

Glad you asked!

To achieve Fairtrade status a city must continue to take action on the five goals set by the Fairtrade Foundation. These are:

Local council passes a resolution supporting Fairtrade and agrees to serve Fairtrade products

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A range of Fairtrade products are readily available in the area’s shops and served in local cafés, restaurants and pubs

Local workplaces and community organisations support Fairtrade and use Fairtrade products wherever possible

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Media coverage and events raise awareness and understanding of Fairtrade across the community.

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter as we work alongside other groups  to promote fairtrade activities in the region

AFW team and steering group members

A local Fairtrade steering group is convened to ensure the campaign continues to develop and gain new support.