Fairtrade in the picture at University

Fairtrade in the picture at University

School kids will today be rewarded for putting Fairtrade in the picture at an exhibition at the University of Aberdeen.

A special celebratory lunch featuring a mega pizza and giant cookie is being held for pupils from the city's Sunnybank Primary and Middleton Park Primary at the University's Hub cafe.

The two schools were among eight Aberdeen primaries which produced striking artwork on the Fairtrade theme as part of a series of workshops organised by local environmental charity Creative Waste Exchange.

Using recycled materials from the Exchange, they produced imaginative, large-scale collages illustrating the international initiative which aims to give a fair deal to farmers in developing countries.

University staff and students judged the pictures - which have been on display at the Hub during Fairtrade Fortnight which ends this Sunday - and decided Sunnybank Primary's work was the best reflection of Fairtrade. Middleton Park was the runner up.

University of Aberdeen Fairtrade Committee Chair, Lynne Anderson said: "We were very impressed with the standard of artwork that all the schools submitted. The youngsters produced a very impressive display of artwork and it was very difficult selecting only one winner as they were all so good. We will be using photos of the artwork in future University Fairtrade promotions."

Creative Waste Exchange operational manager Gillian Marr added: "We're delighted to take part in this initiative, highlighting to young people the aims of the Fairtrade movement, and the need for us to think carefully about the choices we make. Pupils have been very interested in finding out more about the issue and were very enthusiastic about producing artwork to illustrate the Fairtrade theme."

The primary schools which took part in the Fairtrade initiative were Middleton Park, Danestone, Riverbank, Kittybrewster, Woodside, St Peter's, Seaton and Sunnybank.