Welcome to the Montgomery Development Education Centre (MDEC) website. MDEC is an Aberdeen based organisation, covering the whole of the North-East of Scotland. We are the education section of Aberdeen for a Fairer World (formerly the Third World Centre). The Centre is part of the International Development Education Association of Scotland (IDEAS). This is a network of over 40 organisations and individuals involved in Development Education and Education for Global Citizenship/Sustainable Development Education across Scotland.


How Aberdeen celebrated Fairtrade Fortnight 2015 

 On 25th February we were delighted to welcome to a special event for schools at the Montgomery DEC Marie Mirielle Pamela L’intelligent, who works in Mauritius for Craft Aid, producing Fair Trade cotton uniforms for KoolSkools. 

Pamela was accompanied by Andy Ashcroft of KoolSkools and Deirdre Muldowney of the Scottish Fair Trade Forum and she gave a highly informative and inspirational talk about her life and work which truly conveyed the human story behind Fair Trade and the huge differences it can make.

As Fairtrade work can happen at any time, not just during the Fortnight, you may find the following useful:

Resources from the Fairtrade Foundation: http://shop.fairtrade.org.uk/school

We have updated our own Fair Trade resources and web-link sheetClick here for MDEC Fair Trade resources sheet - updated January 2015  

Pamela L’Intelligent also spoke at the Fairtrade Fortnight for the Community, at which Aberdeen's new FT flagship employer, NorthLink Ferries, was introduced.

There was also a Fairtrade stall and refreshments and the Fairtrade Foundation's extended Photo Exhibition was on display, having already been shown at Central Library.


Follow this link to read about more Aberdeen Fairtrade Fortnight events


And lots went on during Fairtrade Fortnight at the University of Aberdeen 



Professional Development opportunities - Spring 2015




 The Global Learning Programme Scotland offers free tailored whole school support:



Twilight/in-service day input available Learning for Sustainability / Global Citizenship / Rights-based Personal and Professional Curricular development support. Please email us to discuss/arrange for your school/cluster: montgomerydec@btconnect.com

Professional Development Montgomery DEC is planning a variety of Learning for Sustainability and Global Citizenship CPD opportunities this term – all currently free of charge.

Full details of sessions will appear here once finalised.


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 On 6th November 2014 the re-launch took place of


Formerly known as the Third World Centre - a key player in Development Education and the Fairtrade movement in NE Scotland. 


For more than 30 years we have been at the heart of raising awareness and promoting understanding of global concerns and supporting active global citizenship throughout the community. 

The AGM of Aberdeen for a Fairer World was followed by the first John Forster Memorial Lecture in memory of our Chair, who died in July 2014.

Martin Rhodes, Director, Scottish Fair Trade Forum, spoke on the theme 'Fair Trade - Future Directions'.


In an engaging and thought-provoking talk, Martin addressed the issues currently facing the fair trade movement, 20 years after the Fairtrade mark was launched.


News from the MDEC...


Secretary of State for Scotland Alistair Carmichael wants to hear more …

L to R:     Steve Roberts Global Learning Advisor, MDEC

Elinor Farquharson Head of Faculty, Social Studies and Global Citizenship, Dyce Academy

Rt Hon Alistair Carmichael MP Secretary of State for Scotland

Dr Nigel Dower Acting Chair of the Third World Centre

Susan Jenkins Senior Education Officer, MDEC

Following his launch of the GLP-S in November 2013, the Right Hon Alistair Carmichael MP, Secretary of State for Scotland, wanted to hear how the programme was progressing and to see first-hand the work of development education centres. 


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