Pupils welcomed a Nicaraguan Fairtrade producer to their schools as part of Lenzie’s Fairtrade Fortnight activity.
Fatima Ismael, a Fairtrade worker, visited Holy Family and Millersneuk primaries as part of her tour of Scotland’s Fairtrade towns.
Children had the opportunity to hear first hand of the challenges facing coffee growers (especially women) in Fatima’s native country and had the chance to question her on life and working conditions in Nicaragua. Fatima is an agronomist engineer with 25 years’ experience of working with producer organisations in Nicaragua.
Her career has included working on production techniques, environmental protection, gender issues and education.
In the last seven years, she has also worked in the area of market promotion and commercialisation of coffee from small-holder male and female farmers.
Both Holy Family and Millersneuk primaries have attained Fairtrade school status which shows their commitment to and understanding of the need to support producers in developing countries, to help them improve living and working conditions for themselves and their families.
Last year Lenzie became the first area in East Dunbartonshire to be granted Fairtrade Town status.
The Lenzie Fair Trade Group led a campaign to raise awareness of Fairtrade produce.
Fairtrade Fortnight - which is held every year to spread the movement’s important message - is currently underway and runs until March 9.