Special Discount for Hands on Development Tour in Nepal – Stephanie Woollard

Melbourne born and based social entrepreneur Stephanie Woollard was recently awarded the prestigious International Responsible Business award 20161111_us_042at the United Nations in New York; one of six winners world-wide for her work with her foundation Seven Women.
Her story started with a trip to Nepal, where Stephanie met seven women with disabilities who were operating out of a tin shed and experiencing harsh discrimination. Having witnessed the stark contrast between her quality of life and that of many women living in the impoverished country, she felt she had to do something to make a difference. Together with the seven women Stephanie created a women’s skills training centre, where women learn skills that empower them economically. Fast forward to today and the initial seven women have now taken on managerial roles at the centre, which now employs over 450 women, and are keen to pass on their skills to others.
‘I am incredibly moved by the experience at the UN, and am so grateful to all the people whom have supported Seven Women over the last decade. This recognition reaffirms the work we do in such a meaningful way, and this recognition is felt throughout our entire organisation. We’re deeply honoured.’ said Stephanie of her time in New York. 
Stephanie also owns and operates the cultural immersion tour company, Hands on Development, that brings people to Nepal and shows the work of the Seven Women organisation first hand whilst exploring the surrounds of Kathmandu.
Only operating four carefully curated experiences per year, the first for 2017 will be running from the 13th to the 22nd of January.Applications are now open via the webpage www.handsondevelopment.com.au.
These cultural tours are a fantastic and challenging way to experience grassroots development and learn about a different culture – see Sophie’s experience here! 
Special Offer for past Fairly Educated Participants: If you book for the tour you can have a one time only discount of $250 from the total cost! 
For further details on the work of Seven Women and Stephanie Woollard’s groundbreaking work in Nepal visit www.sevenwomen.org.
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FEC 2016 Timetable!

FEC 2016 is just around the corner, are you ready?!

We hope you’re prepared, the conference is under one week away! Our team has put a lot into getting the conference together and preparing every bit and piece, and we hope you enjoy it just as much as we will!

The link below will take you to the timetable of the conference, you can print it out yourself or grab a copy at the door, but it’s always better to have a look yourself to find out a bit more about the speakers, and to manage which workshops and panels you’d like to attend. Please be aware that the timetable is subject to minor changes.

FEC Conference Planner


Catering for FEC 2016!

We hope you are all just as excited as we are for the Fairly Educated Conference this year! As mentioned on the eventbrite and on our sites, all catering will be covered within the costs of the ticket registration, except for the OxJam night (Friday Night). On this night, food will be provided, but at a low expense, so make sure you carry some pocket money with you! You can find attached to this post a table with the different types of foods and prices.

Ps. Some of these choices are vegan and gluten free. Such foods, will be labelled on the Friday night for your knowledge, you may also inquire about anything by contacting the FEC 2016 Team!

Thank You!Menu


Menu Item Price
Beetroot & Nut Burgers, Hummus, and Sriracha $8.50
Pulled Pork, Slaw, Chipotle burgers/sliders $8.50
Salt & Pepper Calamari Cones, Aiolo, and Lime $12.00
Vegetarian Tartlets $4.50
Spinach & Pumpkin Perso Lasagne

(Gluten Free)

$7.00(S) & $10.00(L)
Gozleme (Meat & Veg. Options) $6.50
Warm Roast Vegetables, Quinoa, and Bocconcini Salad With Balsamic $6.00(S) & $10.00(L)
Sausage Rolls $5.00
Pasties $5.00
Spinach & Ricotta Rolls $4.50
Variety of Pies $5.50
Chips $4.00
Wedges $10.00


OxJam Night Menu

Fairly Educated Conference 2016 – Register now!


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! 🙂

Contact:  conference@fairlyeducated.com

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Introducing some speakers for FEC 2016!

We are lucky enough to have some inspirational speakers returning this year, including Molly Harriss Olson, CEO of Fairtrade Australia and New Zealand, and Yoichi Suzuki, a longtime supporter of Fairly Educated from Japan.  We are excited to meet these leaders, learn from them and more about ourselves and our own campaigns!

Molly Harriss Olson

Molly Harriss Olson, CEO, Fairtrade Australia and New Zealand. Molly served nearly six years on the Board of Fairtrade International and as Chair for the final two. Recognised for her leadership on sustainable business and development for more than three decades, Ms Olson has convened, led and been on a member of numerous boards, business leadership and sustainability initiatives, including The World Economic Forum’s Global Leaders of Tomorrow. In 2014 she won The Australian Financial Review and Westpac 100 Women of Influence Award. Ms Olson worked at the White House as the founding Executive Director of the President’s Council on Sustainable Development, appointed by President Clinton in 1993.
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Sarah Prescott, General Manager Thankyou Sarah

After acting on a passion to make a difference, Sarah joined social enterprise Thankyou as Communications Manager in mid 2012 after two years of PR, corporate communications and event management experience in the automotive industry.
Nearly three years on, Sarah is now General Manager of Marketing at Thankyou and her team is responsible for brand marketing, public relations, social media, community engagement, ambassador programs, stakeholder communications and creative design.
With a Bachelor of Communications majoring in Public Relations from Monash University, Sarah enjoys reading and writing in her spare time – whenever she’s not on Pinterest, Instagram or Facebook.

Come and meet Thankyou’s Sarah Prescott and learn of their inspiring journey, ethos, and their impact at the 2016 Fairly Educated Conference!

Lachlan Headlam, YMCALachlan Hands
Come to FEC16 and meet Lachlan Headlam YMCA
I saw the future…
Take a journey to the middle of the Pacific Ocean on the Peace Boat with over 150 young people “Change Agents” from across the seven continents of the world.  Feel why with fearless conviction Lachy believes that young people are the key to wide spread positive Change.
What is Deakin YMCA’s fair trade changes?
Experience the growing unsurpassable drive to foster Change Agent’s in schools, Community group’s universities around the country and the globe.
Find out how young people can navigate their way to the bypass lane for change.
Throw your fears for the future over board and
Help make the world a better place
One step at a time…

Yoichi Suzuki,  Campaigner, Oxfam & PowerShift in JapanYoichi
“I was not the type of person who would work for social justice. When I was a teenager, I once tried to commit suicide. But my behaviour and view to our world was changed when I became a college student. In 2008, I joined youth activism toward G8 Summit. After I graduated the university, I visited Malaysia for environmental education to high school and college students.

After coming back to Japan in 2009, I joined Oxfam Japan on Campaigns and Community Engagement. I developed a youth engagement program and constituency building. Oxfam Japan achieved an increase of 26 times on mobilizing capacity.
My role is/was localizing western social change model to Japanese society that the concepts of “Social justice” and “Active citizenship” are not shared.

Although I’m still working in Oxfam as part time, I’m also the co-founder of “Powershift Japan” since 2014. And personally, I joined several youth and social activism groups in South Korea, United States, and Australia.
I started a new project “Wake Up Japan” in last February. We’re promoting active citizenship and social justice minds on young generations.

I will share my story and it would provide some tips on how we can engage others sustainably.”

Karsten Horne, CEO, Reho Travel, karstan
Karsten started in the travel industry as a 20 year old in 1984 and has been with Reho Travel since 1992. He has a wealth of knowledge, having travelled to over 90 countries across every continent. Karsten inspires the Reho Travel team with his passion, commitment and mentoring and has created an environment of creativity and vibrancy. He is well known in the industry as an innovator, keeping one step ahead with changes in technology, travel and outside the industry on a local and global scale.
His long term goal is to disrupt the entire travel supply chain so that travel agencies, suppliers and clients start to look at travel in a new way. He wants to take the focus off price and instead help Reho’s clients make choices that are good for them, good for others and good for the planet. Karsten is a keen writer and has often been called upon to write for several publications including KarryOn, The Age and Arrivals + Departures.

O’week coming up – what’s your plan?

Hi Uni Groups!

One of my favourite parts about starting the new year was being on Orientation Week stalls – the colours, the excitement of new students eager to make friends and be stimulated, the free things, catching up with friends.

If you haven’t already gotten onto it – you may miss out if you don’t book a spot soon!

Usually all clubs get a stall to promote their activities and recruit members during O’week.

Why is running a stall at O’week important?

1) It’s the first event where are allowed to actively recruit people on campus, so they’ll all be there, don’t miss out!

2) Is always a big recruitment drive for your contact list

3) EVERY CONVERSATION MATTERS! You have a captive audience of new, mostly young students who are mostly bored of holidays, excited and apprehensive to find friends, new interests, pursue the interests that make them different, and in many cases – genuinely make a difference!  Use this beautiful power and give them one of the most welcome and honest interactions they can have during this week! Make them feel welcome to the university, in your group, and let them know that this is a group they can have friends, learn extra skills, have fun, and make a difference.

4) I’ve often met some of the most active and interesting people during O’week

5) It’s a time to promote your first meeting / educational event / action etc!

6) Good time to network with other clubs – also passionate beings for their own causes.  Many groups might be your allies, whether you all have similar goals for human rights, environment and ending poverty – these are ones you should target first when it comes to purchasing ethcially themselves for their club and events.  Other clubs like religious ones are good to connect with.  Film Clubs, Health Society, Sport Clubs, Fashion students… whatever they are they probably have teeshirts? pub crawls? sports balls? facilities? meetings? events? You can later on use nicely made connections to hook them up with more information and easy options… I digress…;-) 

7) It’s also a good time to network with other uni ‘beings’ that are important – union and student representatives, event organisers, ask them how they recruit volunteers for O’week, businesses, faculties etc.

Here’s my top tips for running stalls, please share and add your own!


You’ll probably need to book a spot – it may be too late but if you haven’t, get onto it with your Clubs association, union or whoever else is organising club stalls! If you miss out, maybe the Sustainability Staff will let you join in with whatever they do!

Use Doodle Scheduler to get your volunteers to allocate what time they are available so they can see what times need more people on the stall. Having at least 2 people is good, but 3-4 is better! More conversations. Just make sure you chat to new people, and not just to each other!


There could be a hundred stalls, so why are people going to come to you?  You will probably get a generic space and table, so make it your own within your limitations! Various techniques include:

use colour – make yourself seen from 100m away!

decorate – make sure at the very least you have a table cloth – hide the bags and mess that accumulates under the trestle table! Bunting is cool, and you can theme it – for example we made some rad bunting out of old promo material for Fairly Educated Conference! Fair trade celebrates preservation of cultures, so why not pool together your fair trade things and display them?

paraphenalia – most Fairtrade / Fair Trade flyers, reports, postcards, posters etc are quite colourful – use them to decorate. You could maybe get some free stuff from www.fairtrade.com.au


free samples – a classic for O’week stalls, but instead of tacky lollies with lots of wrappers like the other clubs, you can give out pieces of delicious Fairtrade chocolate, iced / hot tea samples, dukkah and bread… Oxfam always has a range of options if you get stuck and want to try something new!  We’ve made badges in the past, they are pretty popular! 

develop a few opening lines that aren’t intimidating or boring – Have a few catch phrases that you can use to bring people over to your stall – Here’s some examples

  • “Hello,do you want some iced tea?”
  • “Hey, come join a club that makes change across the world”
  • “Hi there, did you know our uni is a Fair Trade Uni – amazing! let me tell you about that while you munch on some choccie”

Probably not kinda politely attacky like this: “Hey there, do you know the teeshirt you’re wearing perpetuates modern day slavery and a capitalistic society based on corporate greed?”


  • Be natural, do the ‘banter’ thing and chat about the summer holidays, what they’re studying, and relate your club to that!
  • Ask them questions and try to find out a link to your club, or one of the principles of fair trade (ie science – environmental and evidence based nature… geography – agricultural practices, engineering – basic structures to help communities, arts / humanities – everything social, teaching – amazing opportunity to teach kids about making a difference, opportunities to volunteer overseas etc)
  • When it gets down to explaining what your club is, what Fair Trade is, keep it simple!
  • What is your club?  What activities do you typically do? What are your achievements? Fun/horrid facts about the uni and fair trade or lack of?
  • If they seem interested, Talk about the Fairly Educated movement – there’s people all over country doing great things, and we have an awesome conference in July holidays every year and meet rad people!
  • Make sure you let them ask questions if they want, they might know heaps about fair trade (winnninnnnng!) or they might be starting to yawn…. so read them like a non-obtrusive halk!
  • Remember that cos you’re a social justice stall, they’ll probably assume that you’re a nice person. (win)
  • But they also may be wary you are doing a spiel to draw them in, to sign a petition, etc and that’s it


Some really useful resources that people like are:


What is it that you want from them?

Do you have one solid campaign you are working on? are you going to target one sector this year?

Are you open to ideas and involving new people into what the group becomes?

What is it that your members / vollies / team get out of being involved? friends? skills? meeting diverse like-minded people, being part of a huge movement to end poverty!

  • name on mailing list
  • a photo pledge that they’ll buy fairtrade on campus
  • a photo with blackboard of them and their idea of a fair world
  • take a flyer with details about social media, first event
  • to fill out basic application form for being involved (gather basic contact details, what their passions and talents are, what skills they might want to get better at – and list a few to prompt, ie making videos, social media, public speaking); any involvement they have had with social justice at all
  • A petition, action, or information on your first campaign
  • You might be challenging them to take action in their lives, to question their own shopping behaviours, but in an enlightening way, not patronising!

Alrighty, I hope these are useful, feel free to share and post your own ideas and photos!

 FTC 2014 stall Anti-poverty week