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City school is awarded Fairtrade Status

posted 23 Feb 2009, 06:16 by David Rintoul   [ updated 23 Feb 2009, 06:25 ]

EDINBURGH Central MSP Sarah Boyack has welcomed news that a school in her constituency has become the first in Edinburgh to be awarded Fairtrade Status.

The Labour politician has put down a parliamentary motion congratulating St Thomas of Aquin's RC High School on being awarded Fairtrade Status.

She said: "I would like to extend my warmest congratulations to the staff and pupils of the Fair Trade Group at St Thomas Aquin's for their award.

"The designation as a Fairtrade School is testament to the hard work and dedication that all those involved have put into the promotion of fair trade products. This effort was rightly recognised by the Fairtrade Foundation.

"I would like to offer particular congratulations to St Aquin's teachers Sandra Jenkins and Roseann Teasdale, who have been involved with fair trade for the last couple of years and who have generated such interest in the issue amongst the school's pupils."

Betsy Reed, co-ordinator of the Scottish Fair Trade Forum, said: "They are helping raise awareness of fair trade among students, parents and the wider public, highlighting how vital it is for producers in some of the world's poorest countries to get a fair deal, so they can work their way out of poverty."

Source: Evening News

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