Registrations for the 2016 annual Fairly Educated Conference are open and are going like hot-cakes at $60 a ticket for three days of inspiration, planning, friends + good food!
15-17th July – Fair Trade Visionaries at Deakin University, Geelong – will you be there?
Each year about a 100 passionate students and staff from Australian and international universities and colleges gather to discuss, debate, learn and inspire each other in their campaigns for making their universities Fair Trade.
This year we are expecting a fantastic crowd of young leaders gathering to be inspired by a vast array of speakers from all sorts of social entrepreneurial, sustainability, tertiary sector and social justice backgrounds. We are proud to bring back many of our past Conference organisers and student leaders to run workshops, but most of all we are excited to provide a space for you to build skills, networks and challenge your thinking.
Given the current lack of political will at a Federal level on important issues such as taking the action we need on climate change, increasing foreign aid and fair trading policies, the role of leaders within educational institutions at both staff and student level are imperative to changing the world.
We are very proud to have Deakin University hosting the conference at their rural Geelong campus. This is a first for Fairly Educated! Deakin has a strong history of fair trade procurement policies since 2012 when they became a Fair Trade Accredited University, weeks after the last Melbourne FEC Conference. It is thanks to the perseverance and motivation of key people that this is the case, the support from organisations such as the Fair Trade Association of Australia and New Zealand and Fairtrade ANZ, that this was able to be achieved. Now Deakin sends 2 students a year to India for the India Fair Trade Experience which you’ll get to hear all about from this years delegates at the conference!
Some of the key features include:
- Friday 15th – Panel with alumni Fair Trade Leaders from universities; Oxfam party in evening
- Saturday 16th – Keynote speakers (including Fairtrade ANZ, Heart of Chocolate, Thank You Water; Q&A with politicians; viewing of Seven Women’s documentary about rebuilding a village in Nepal whilst empowering a whole community
- Sunday 17th – Keynote speakers on fashion and sustainability experiences with Fair Trade; Workshop to create a plan for your university
If you haven’t already, I encourage you to drop what you are doing, and check out our Conference section of the website for more information. Check Facebook for regular updates, or just cruise straight over to the Eventbrite and make your booking – at $60 for 3 days this is the best bargain you’ll get!
If you need advice on transport we’ve got you covered, and also if you are seeking accommodation – there may be some spots left in the Barwon River Holiday Park – register now so you don’t miss out, we are looking forward to having you!
Thanks so much to the following for being a stellar team organising this event:
Ally Wimmer (Engagement Strategist, Procurement); Jack Weiler, D’Arcy Curtis McDonald, Omar Ezzat, Christian Zaval, Nicholas Smith, Genevieve Charles, Jo Eaton, Margrit-Maya (Geelong Campus Fair Trade Vision Student Group); Michelle Worlsey, Lara West, Rebekah de Keijzer, (Burwood Campus).
Thanks also to our financial and in-kind sponsors – we will write a special post for you very soon! 🙂