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City students help local young people learn about Fairtrade

University staff and students were recently involved in a poster contest run across Islington schools as part of Fairtrade Fortnight.
by Luke Nava

It gave local young people the chance to win a tour of the Olympic Park, meet the Mayor of Islington and find out more about ethically-sourced produce.

City has been accredited as a Fairtrade University since 2010 for its commitment to healthy and sustainable food and is part of Islington's Fairtrade Steering Group, which organised the contest. The competition saw its students volunteer to visit Islington schools, explaining to pupils what Fairtrade means and encouraging them to participate by producing a poster.

nullThis resulted in 148 designs from six schools being submitted for the competition. Winners from each year group were selected by staff and students from City and the creative consultancy, Hudson Fuggle, and presented with prizes by the Mayor of Islington, Councillor Phil Kelly, at a special Town Hall ceremony.

The winning posters have been printed as postcards for distribution around Islington and the overall winning class, from St Mary Magdalene Academy in Holloway, won the grand prize of a tour of the Olympic Park.

City University London's Environmental Officer, Dawn White, says: "Fairtrade has been improving prices, working conditions and sustainability for farmers in the developing world for more than 20 years and is a movement that the University firmly endorses. It's important to educate future generations about the benefits of Fairtrade, something which competitions such as this do well."

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