Auchterellon pupils host Fairtrade café

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PUPILS at Auchterellon Primary got involved with the campaign for fairer trade last week, when they hosted a community café at the school.

The school’s composite P1/2 class, in conjunction with the school’s Parent Council, invited parents and friends to the event in the school canteen, which also offered a selection of Fairtrade goods for purchase.

The event came at the end of Fairtrade fortnight in Ellon, where the town’s Fairtrade town status was confirmed by the visit of Malawian sugar planter representative Masauko Khembo to Ellon Academy as part of a Fairtrade Foundation delegation. The town and the surrounding district have an active Fairtrade community, who promote the purchase of goods for which producers have received a decent price.

The profits from these purchases are then re-invested into communities in third world countries, who would otherwise receive little or no government funding.

Two weeks ago, Masauko Khembo told the Times that profits from fairly traded sugar from his home town of Kasinthula had helped to fund major infrastructure improvements in his town, and that he had experienced first hand the good that the programe did in Africa.

Speaking to the Times, Auchterellon depute headmistress Catherine Smith said that the day’s events had raised a good amount of money for African children, as well as raising awareness of Fairtrade in the town generally.

Catherine said: “The event raised £170, which will be donated to UNICEF, specifically to use for the benefit of children in Africa. We also made £240 worth of Fairtrade sales, including £24 which will go to school funds.

“P2/1 Pupils have been studying ‘Hot and Cold Countries’ as their project this term, and the parent council had already said that they wanted a community coffee morning. So, we joined forces with them, and hosted the Fairtrade café. It made a super way to round off Fairtrade fortnight.”