School support for Fairtrade fortnight

Cllr Paul OKane, Cllr Vincent Waters, Neilston Primary staff and pupils
Cllr Paul OKane, Cllr Vincent Waters, Neilston Primary staff and pupils

Schools across East Renfrewshire have been supporting Fairtrade Fortnight by taking part in the rice challenge.

Just Trading Scotland a supplier based in Paisley has challenged school pupils to sell 90kg of rice to parents and teachers. The value of this rice would enable a Malawian farmer to pay for a year’s basic secondary education for one child.

And the school’s catering team has been serving a fantastic rice pudding recipe and traditionally made lentil soup both cooked with Fairtrade products and featured on their menu.

Throughout the year, pupils in East Renfrewshire support Fairtrade products made and sold by East Ren’s school catering services, these include fruit juice, bananas, pineapple, vegetables, rice and lentils.

To support this initiative by the pupils, teachers and catering team, a Fairtrade Lunch was held at Neilston Primary on Tuesday, March 8.

Cllr Vincent Waters popped along to show his support for the work that Neilston primary and other schools across East Renfrewshire have done to support Fairtrade Fortnight.

Fairtrade Fortnight is an annual promotional campaign which happens once every year, organised and funded by the Fairtrade Foundation to increase awareness of Fairtrade products.

For further information on fairtrade and what they do visit: www.fairtrade.org.uk/