FVC Fairtrade Fortnight and Sustainability Festival events
Forth Valley College and the FV Student Association have laid on another full agenda of events during this year’s Fairtrade Fortnight (Monday 27 February – Sunday 12 March) and also during the Sustainability Festival (Monday 27-Friday 10 March).
A series of Fairtrade products taster sessions were organised for each campus during the Fortnight – coinciding with Sustainability Week Fairs - and students and staff were encouraged to give their taste-buds the challenge of guessing which is the Fairtrade brand.
FVC Student Association led the way by hosting stalls at Alloa on Thursday 2 March, Falkirk on Friday 3 March and at Stirling on Monday 6 March to let students take the blind taste test, which pitted Fairtrade chocolate against other leading brands.
Fairtrade storytelling events were also held during this period for local primary school children.
Students on the NC Working With Communities and NC Events Co-ordination courses have been involved in reading ‘Jolly Trolley’ an illustrated children’s story-book focussing on the Fairtrade adventures of a supermarket trolley and created by students from Forth Valley College.
An audio recording of the book read by Kim Reid – FVC Core and Essential Skills Coordinator – will be included in a Fairtrade pack given out to children.
Reading events have already taken place in the Falkirk Campus on Monday 27 in Stirling Campus on Thursday 2 March and one is planned for the Alloa Campus on Tuesday 14 March.
One of the highlights of Sustainability Week was Upcycling Sessions led by David Gentles who held key ring making workshops for students and sold the products.
Computing students also showed off the environmentally friendly games they created to help raise awareness of environmentally friendly issues and initiatives in the college.