What is the Fairly Educated Conference?
The Fairly Educated Conference is an opportunity available for university students and staff in Australia and beyond, to:
- Facilitate skill and resource sharing amongst Fair trade campus movements;
- Foster connections between Fair trade university campus movements;
- Allow for social interaction between like-minded people on personal and professional levels;
- Raise awareness in the university community about Fairtrade products.
Fairly Educated Conference 2012
The Fairly Educated Conference 2012 will be held at RMIT in Melbourne, Australia on July 27-29 and is hosted by the Melbourne Universities Consortium.
Check out the website: http://www.fairlyeducatedconference.com/
Fairly Educated Conference 2011
The Inaugural Fairly Educated Conference was held at the University of Sydney on the 2nd and 3rd of July 2011. Around half of all universities in Australia and New Zealand had representatives present. The 2011 conference met the outcomes discussed above through a series of talks, workshops and interactive sessions.
Talks were held from several international organisations related to Fair Trade including: the Fair Trade Resource Network, the Australian Investment and Fair Trade Network, World Vision, Oxfam, Not for Sale, Oaktree, the Global Poverty Project and the Fair Trade Association of Australia and New Zealand.
There were four workshops, of which attendees attended two. Workshops aimed to equip attendees with skills required to design and run campaigns. They focused on: social and local media, writing, website design and campaign structures.
There was also a panel of six Australian universities that discussed their different experiences with gaining Fair Trade University Accreditation and the campaigns involved with this. In addition representatives from North America and Europe spoke about the University Fair Trade movements in these continents.
Finally, there was a commitment session where university groups were encouraged to plan what actions they would take when they returned home in order to foster their university Fair Trade movement. These plans were then shared with the rest of the conference attendees in a planetary session.
To learn more about the Fairly Educated Conference 2011, check out the Thank You Video: