Academy welcomes Malawi visitor to Fairtrade Day

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ELLON Academy welcomed a representative of Malawi’s sugarcane producers in celebration of the school’s Fairtrade credentials.

The school, which is achieved Fairtrade status earlier this year, celebrated its accolade with a special presentation from Masauko Khembo of the Kasinthula Sugarcane Co-operative, who outlined the benefits of fairly traded goods to communities in poor countries.

Speaking to the Times, Masauko said: “My tour has taken me across Scotland - to Dundee, Montrose, Huntly - and a few other places.

“The passion I’ve encountered for Fairtrade is very impressive. People recognise the good it does, and I’m here to explain some of the benefits. In my own town, we have done so many things with the Fairtrade premium. We’ve built a school, installed clean water, bought ambulances and brought electricity to rural areas.”

Teacher Sheila Brown told the Times that pupils had a series of events, both on the day and leading up to the event.

“Our senior pupils have been taking part in a series of events in the lead up to today, while the S3s are busy cooking up some tasty food in the Home Economics department, produced with Fairtrade ingredients which will be on sale at lunchtime.”