Phil Gawne and Rosemary Clarke were invited to the Fairtrade Foundation’s 20th Birthday Reception at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in Westminster. The reason? The Isle of Man’s Fairtrade Group had been awarded the Outstanding Project in the twenty years of the Fairtrade Foundation’s existence!
This more formal picture shows Allegra McEvedy (cookery author and broacaster) and Michael Gidney (Chief Executive at the Fairtrade Foundation) with Phil and Rosemary and the award. The Fairtrade symbol is crafted out of Fairtrade silver.
The award was given for the Primary Fairtrade Conferences organised by the Fairtrade Group. The judges were impressed by:
- the detailed planning and execution
- the involvement of Government (the conferences take place in the Government Buildings in Douglas with the children using the main chamber for their own debates; Clare Christian, President of Tynwald, welcomed the delegates and assisted with the debates).
- the involvement of the Department for Education and Children (an adviser led Philosophy 4 Children workshops)
- the number of schools involved (17 – half of all primary schools on the Island)
- the support of businesses (the local Fairtrade shop, Shakti Man, provided the key note speaker; the Manx Co-operative supported the conference with lunch and snacks)
- the structure of the conference which included the opportunity for schools to plan their own activities for Fairtrade Fortnight
- a range of clear outcomes (one school provided Thought for the Day for the five weekdays of the first week of Fairtrade Fortnight; another developed a Fairtrade assembly to share with a neighbouring schools which had not attended the conference – and which did come the following year; a range of activities during Fairtrade Fortnight.
Concerned about Climate Change? Interested in up-to-date scientific evidence? Professor Brian Matthews will be talking on: Real climate change is in the top layer of the oceans, and growing exponentially tomorrow, Friday, 1830 at Ballakermeen Studio Theatre in Douglas.
Professor Matthews is a life member of the American Geophysical Union – Oceanography and Meteorology, and also of the Council for Innovative Research. He is the former chair SCOR/IAPSO/ECOR/UNESCO Coastal and Estuarine Regimes Group.
What a wonderful celebration of some of the different cultures represented on the Island! From these Bulgarian dancers through Indian and African dancing to a Filipino ballerina, Peel Centenary Centre resounded with music and action from around the world.
Many thanks to all those who took part, and to the Centenary Centre for supporting this event as part of the Island’s Year of Culture. Their sound and light team did an amazing job.
We are always interested in learning about other cultures so if you would like to put us in touch with someone who might be interested in performing or sharing their heritage in schools, please contact us.
As part of the Island’s Year of Culture and in celebration of our 10th Birthday we have brought together local artists from Bulgaria, India, the Philippines, Scotland, several African countries and the Isle of Man for an evening of music and dance. Come and join us at 19:00 at Peel’s Centenary Centre this Saturday, 11th October. Tickets available from Shakti Man (Ramsey), Peter Norris (Douglas), Thompson Travel (Port Erin), Celtic Gold (Peel) and on line. Tickets will also be available on the door. Adults: £5.00, children: £2.50
Today Rosemary visited Cronk y Berry School and took in a range of artifacts to help the students learn more about Africa.
After seeing pictures of women carrying water, all the children tried balancing their water bottles on their heads in this container. It was quite heavy!
They really enjoyed playing with a plastic doll from Ghana, and a whole set of wooden animals from Kenya.
The children worked out that this basket is made from recycled plastic bags – and that it could be used as a hat!
They learned that an object that looked a bit like a feather duster was actually a fly whisk made from hair, probably from a horse. They enjoyed guessing what a leather carrying case could be used for. They also enjoyed trying on some African shirts.
It was great to celebrate our first 10 years with friends old and new. Following a BBQ Cheryl Cousins, our first Co-ordinator, Phil Craine, our Chair, and Hugh Davidson, a generous supporter, reflected on the last decade. This beautiful cake was made by our out-going treasurer, Jane Prescott. Thank you Jane for all your hard work over the past few years. You’ve kept us on the straight and narrow in a most gracious way, and we’ll miss you!
Thanks to everyone who helped with the DEC collection over the weekend – and to all those who contributed. Over £4,600 has been raised to date and will go to join the money being distributed by the DEC to agencies who can provide aid on the ground in Gaza. Collecting tins are still out at Manx Co-op stores for another week or so – and donations can also be made directly to the DEC via their website or any bank. Thanks to all for your continued generosity.
Would you like to help those who have been injured and are homeless, living in Gaza? There will be street collections across the Island this weekend: Castletown: Saturday Douglas: Saturday and Sunday Peel: Saturday Port Erin: Friday and Saturday Ramsey: Friday If you could help by holding a bucket in one of these places, please contact us. if you would prefer you can give on line, or you could text “Donate” to 70000 to give £5.
You would be very welcome to join us on Friday 5th September to celebrate our 10th birthday. The BBQ will be held at our office in St Johns, beginning at 18:00. We will be looking back at our achievements. There will be an opportunity to meet friends old and new. And we will be holding a brief AGM. Please let us know if you are coming – and if you have any dietary requirements – so that we can provide appropriate catering.
Thanks to the Department of Education and Children’s IT expert, Alex, we can now celebrate having the last of the entries to our Primary Short Film Competition on line. You can view Peel Clothworkers’ entry on Cyberbullying here.
The other entries can be found here.
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