Fair trade message taken into nurseries

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A FAIR trade scheme for East Dunbartonshire Council run nurseries has been rolled out across the region.

Youngsters will be able to take part in Scotland’s first Fair Trade Nurseries programme as part of the Council’s ongoing commitment to fair trade.

As one of the first places in Scotland to gain Fairtrade Zone status in 2007,the Council has a well-established fair trade agenda and links with people in some of the poorest parts of the world.

Now nursery children will be able to learn about the changes they can make and the impact fair trade can have on those who produce foods in different countries.

Although many youngsters are not new to fair trade, the new initiative launched on September 11 at Bearsden Academy, will provide a more structured way to learn about the subject.

Council Leader, Rhondda Geekie, said: “Fair trade has been a priority in East Dunbartonshire since 2005 when we launched our Fairtrade Zone bid, and since then we have found that our local communities embrace it and that it benefits them as well as benefitting others.

“The introduction of the nurseries programme will ensure that the youngest members of our community are fully aware of the need for fair trade and the positive impact it has throughout the world.

“This programme isn’t just important locally; it is being carried out in partnership with the Scottish Fair Trade Forum with a view to rolling it out throughout the country. At East Dunbartonshire Council we are extremely proud of all the progress we have made in fair trade and I am sure the introduction of this new initiative will be another successful step.”