Lanarkshire pupils organize a fair trade café and serve a free meal to the community

Schoolchildren in Lanarkshire have been busy in the kitchen preparing meals for their community to celebrate World Fair Trade Day.

On Wednesday, children from St Ninian’s Primary School in Hamilton prepared a delicious Fair Trade curry for residents of Hillhouse, as locals learn about ethical trade.

Two communities have come together to celebrate and support each other. Malawian Fair Trade Kilombero white rice along with Fairtrade Mark coconut milk was prepared for the meal and served free to residents of the weekly Hillhouse community cafe.



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It comes as the South Lanarkshire Fairtrade Steering Group has applied for a grant from the Scottish Fair Trade Forum to serve a free meal to local residents to celebrate World Fair Trade Day and raise awareness of the 10 Principles of Fair Trade.

The rice was purchased from Just Trading Scotland (JTS) as part of the 90kg Rice Challenge.



A Fair Trade meal was served by students from St Ninian’s Primary School in Hamilton at Hillhouse and Earnock Civic Center on Wednesday May 18 to celebrate World Fair Trade Day.

Purchasing rice provides much-needed income to some of Malawi’s poorest rice-growing communities – with 90kg of rice sold, helping one farmer afford to send a child to secondary school for a year.

St Ninian’s pupils were fantastic that day, raising awareness about fair trade and this year’s theme of climate change.

They manned stalls at the cafe, served food to local residents and cleaned tables.

Principal Eileen Feeley said: “Our seven primary school students have gained so much by volunteering at the Hillstop Cafe since it reopened.

“A great way to develop their skills in a real context while being active members of the local community.

“Today’s fair trade event helped them better understand the importance of ethical trade and how we can make choices to support fair trade producers every time we shop.”



A Fair Trade meal was served by students from St Ninian’s Primary School in Hamilton at Hillhouse and Earnock Civic Center on Wednesday May 18 to celebrate World Fair Trade Day.

The South Lanarkshire Fair Trade Steering Group were delighted to be able to provide a fair meal at Hillhouse and Earnock Civic Center to celebrate World Fair Trade Day.

Councilor Mary Donnelly, Chair of the South Lanarkshire Fairtrade Steering Group, said: “It is a great honor to take part in this year’s Rice Challenge with the local Hillhouse Community Café.

“St Ninian’s P7 learned a lot about fair trade on the day and the journey of rice from Malawi to Scotland.

“All attendees enjoyed the free curry made with fair trade rice, and with curry sauces, and fair trade coconut milk rice pudding which everyone enjoyed.”

P7 pupils from St Ninian’s Primary School in Hamilton came out to join in the celebration. They were raising awareness about fair trade and this year’s climate change theme, with stalls at the cafe and serving food to local residents and cleaning tables.

Principal Eileen Feeley said: “Our seven primary school students have gained so much by volunteering at the Hillstop Cafe since it reopened.

“A great way to develop their skills in a real context while being active members of the local community.

“Today’s fair trade event helped them better understand the importance of ethical trade and how we can make choices to support fair trade producers every time we shop.”

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