The Margaret Demidecka Award

The Margaret Demidecka Fairtrade Award was started in 2006 by the Justice and Peace Group, Tring. It is given in memory of the late Margaret Demidecka, a founder member of the Justice and Peace Group and a Fairtrade supporter, who died suddenly in December 2005. In 2009, the Justice and Peace Group came together with the Fairtrade Foundation to provide prize money to make the Margaret Demidecka Award a national competition.

The 2010 Winners were:

Best Primary School: East Sheen Primary School, London 

Children who were members of the School’s Fairtrade Steering Group, accompanied by their Deputy Headteacher, went into the High Street, to target local coffee shops and completed a survey designed by themselves to find out how many Fairtrade products they used. Data was analysed back at school. Findings were presented to all the children at school and an action plan was drawn up which included taking back the results to the owners/ managers.

The children and school were presented with the Award by Michael Demidecki on 14 July 2010.

Best Secondary School: Wildern School, Southampton

Wildern School organised a Fair Trade schools conference and invited up to 4 pupil and 2 teacher representatives from all their local schools and were delighted that 6 schools (2 secondary and 4 primary schools) attended.

The children and school were presented with the Award by Michael Demidecki, secretary of the justice and peace Group, Tring on 21st July 2010.

In 2011 Fairtrade Fortnight will run from 28th February to 13th March and schools will be invited again to compete for the Maragaret Demidecka Award during these two weeks. To quote from the Fairtrade Foundation’s website: “We want the nation to get loud and proud about Fair-trade by asking everyone to ‘show off your label’. People love showing off about Fair-trade – tell the world about your cake made extra special by using Fairtrade sugar and spice, your most tempting bottle of wine, your comfiest pants. We want to load the Fair-trade mark with meaning, telling them the tangible difference Fairtrade makes to producers. There’ll be a much needed focus on cotton.” 

The Justice and Peace Group will be holding an event to mark Fairtrade Fortnight 2011. Plans will be announced later on this site.