Fairtrade expansion for One World Centre

FUNDING BOOST: The One World centre to benefit from Fairtrade Foundation cash.

FUNDING BOOST: The One World centre to benefit from Fairtrade Foundation cash.

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THE One World Centre, based in St John’s, has received £3,000 from The Fairtrade Foundation as a result of a competitive tender for funds.

The £50,000 pot had been oversubscribed with bids from centres across the UK for more than double its capacity.

Rosemary Clarke, the director of the One World Centre, said: ‘We are delighted that our need to broaden our funding base has resulted in this good news.

‘We will use the money to enable our existing Fairtrade Schools to use their expertise and enthusiasm to encourage other schools to become more involved.

‘We have plans for a conference for primary schools to help the children devise proposals for activities their schools can do in Fairtrade Fortnight during March 2013.’

The idea has received an endorsement from Clare Baker, head of St Thomas’ School in Douglas.

She said: ‘It really does sound good. It could be a great way of getting schools involved. I will support the project all I can.’

The conference will be an exciting way of addressing the Department for Education and Children’s priority that pupils’ views about the curriculum should be listened to.

Kristina Crawford, Fairtrade school co-ordinator at St Ninian’s High School in Douglas, added: ‘We are very keen for our Fairtrade steering group, comprising staff and students from each year group, to be involved in this initiative so that more schools can benefit from the learning opportunities created through being a registered Fairtrade school.’

All the activities will contribute to the Isle of Man’s renewal of its Fairtrade Island status.

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