Inspiring learning for a fairer future

Celebrating Our Food, Our World, Our Future

Wednesday, 14 September 2016 09:44

On Saturday 10 September more than 80 teachers and education partners from across Highland got together in Inverness High School to celebrate food as a context for Learning for Sustainability.  It was a day of great inspiration, networking, learning and discussion as well as fantastic food!

After a thought-provoking and insightful keynote speech from Charlotte Maberly, a gastronomist from Queen Margaret University, teachers participated in a range of workshops related to food education. Highland One World's workshop looked at how we can engage learners in making the global food system fairer, linking to Global Goal no. 2 - Zero Hunger. Our workshop took place on the global citizenship bus, currently touring Scotland as part of the IDEAS Global Citizenship Month.  Crofting Connections and Food for Life Scotland also delivered workshops for teachers, and High Life Highland did a bushcraft workshop which included cooking chocolate cake in hollowed out oranges on an open fire in the school grounds!

The Inverness Fair Trade group provided fair trade tea and coffee during the event, and one of the real highlights was the fantastic 'Global Food Cafe' lunch, prepared and served by Highland Multicultural Friends.  The food was delicious, and we were also treated to demonstrations on how to make Palestinian coffee, Moroccan mint tea and baklava.  A wide range of partners had stalls at the marketplace, including Flows for the Future, Just Trading, South Highland Outdoor & Woodland Learning, Wild Things! and Take One Action Film Festival.

Many thanks to everyone in the Highland Council Learning for Sustainability working group and all the partners for making the event such a success. Teachers left feeling inspired about food education in its broadest sense and ready to take their new learning out to pupils across Highland.  The global citizenship bus is continuing to make its way around Scotland to celebrate global citizenship education and raise awareness of the global goals.  


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