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Leeds DEC educating for a just and sustainable world

We have been doing work on Malala and the children have found her story really inspiring

Teacher at Beeston Primary School

School Council members sock an interdependence message to their peers!

Some of the Fairtrade bake off entries at Leeds 10th birthday party



We hold events for students, teachers and the general public about global sustainable development. Why not come along and find out more?

Inspirational messages for a fairer world

On Tuesday 19th May 2015, Bankside Primary School presented their Global Learning Charter to their School Council cluster, inspiring many other children to think about global issues. Children from Hovingham, Bracken Edge and Harehills Primary Schools reflected on Children's Rights such as education, access to food, freedom for war and the right to live in a safe and clean environment. Edukid and Send my Friend to school resources were used in addition to Leeds DEC's inspiring 'What is Global Learning' film to bring the issues to life. "I would have all the schools have free education and send money to all the people so they can have food to eat" reflected Sidra aged 9.

Fairtrade Fortnight

St Margarets Horsforth have a go at cocoa farming!

Schools Awarded for Just Learning

Leeds DEC has awarded 9 schools across West Yorkshire for leading the way in learning about Justice and Global issues. Each school has written a Global Learning Charter and facilitated their students to lead Peer Education workshops on Fairtrade, Waste and Sweatshops.

 “The benefits of the Global Learning Charter is that it gives schools the opportunity to spell out their commitment to Global Learning and involve the students in deciding how want to implement it across the school” says Global Fairness project co-ordinator Hannah Langdana.

 If you think your school deserves recognition for your Global Learning work, get in touch with Hannah! 


World Class Teaching

25th June 2015

Leeds goes bananas for Fairtrade!

Nearly 200 people celebrated Leeds’ 10th birthday as a Fairtrade City at Leeds Civic hall on Friday March 7th. Guests included Hilary Benn MP, the Lord and Lady Mayor of Leeds, Greg Mulholland MP, Aimeth Fernandez, Colombian banana farmer, 14 schools, fair trade supporters and a steel pan band.

“In 2004 Leeds worked very hard to involve the Council, Businesses, Faith Groups and Schools to attain Fairtrade City Status” said Fairtrade Leeds Chair Hannah Langdana “This party is a great opportunity to celebrate everyone’s hard work and remember how we are making a real difference to millions of people in the developing world who are getting a fair deal for their hard work.”

An emotional speech from Colombian banana farmer Aimeth Fernandez  was one of the highlights of the party. She explained how her family now had electricity and running water in their house because of Fairtrade. “I feel overwhelmed by the enthusiasm of the people of Leeds and their support for Fairtrade” she said “Please carry on buying Fairtrade bananas from Colombia so we can make a difference to our lives.”

Cllr Judith Blake awarded a prize and certificate to Allerton CE Primary School for winning Fairtrade Leeds’ birthday card competition. The Lady Mayor and Lisa Gair judged the Fairtrade bake off, awarding Sinai Synagogue first place for their delicious Chocca Mocha Cake.

More events

Send my Friend to school!

Thanks to School Councillors from the CHESS cluster in Leeds for their Global Learning work at the School Council meeting hosted at Hovingham Primary.

Taste the difference!

You've missed your mouth! Ireland Wood Primary encouraged party goers to use their senses to identify Fairtrade products, to much hilarity!

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