Greg Mulholland MP and Baroness Northover visited Adel Primary School to celebrate its work as part of DFID’s Connecting Classroom scheme. Greg Mulholland and Baroness Northover, Minister in the Department for International Development, also presented a number of Fairtrade awards at Adel Primary School in Leeds. The Connecting Classroom scheme helps incorporate international development work into the school curriculum. Adel Primary is partnered with Dumezweni Primary School in the township of Diepkloof, Soweto, South Africa. Baroness Northover and Greg visited the school in recognition of the outstanding International work that is taking place at Adel. Both were guided around the school by the International school council and the School Council Reps talked to them about the work the school is doing to promote, and raise money for Fair Trade and Red Nose Day. The Department for International Development is matching funds raised by schools. The visit was celebrated with a special assembly where the MP and Baroness presented prizes to the six Fairtrade poster winners and the Fairtrade hamper winners. Both also joined pupils in singing the Fairtrade song at the end of the assembly.
Commenting Greg said:
“I was delighted to be able to visit Adel Primary to see the work of the Connecting Classroom scheme. The school has developed fantastic links with Dumezweni Primary School in South Africa, and it was brilliant to see the enthusiasm of the pupils.
“I was particularly impressed with the wonderful work that the school and pupils are doing to mark both Fairtrade fortnight, and Red Nose Day.
“All the pupils were very enthusiastic towards the idea of Fairtrade, which means that producers in the developing world are guaranteed a fair price for their goods and can work their own way out of poverty.”