Forth Valley College launch Children's Book exploring Fair Trade images

Launch of the Jolly Trolley Fair Trade Book at St. Andrews Primary School in Falkirk

Forth Valley College launch Children's Book exploring Fair Trade

Earlier this month at our fourth annual Scottish Fair Trade Awards we awarded students at Forth Valley College the Award for Innovation. The Fair Trade movement is always looking for innovative ways of connecting people to the cause of Fair Trade and Forth Valley College did just that with their illustrated children’s book which explains Fair Trade through their character “Jolly Trolley”.

The adventures of ‘Jolly Trolley’ was written by a group of HNC Early Education and Childcare students and illustrated by a former Forth Valley College Art and Design Student and was launched as part of Book Week Scotland 2016 (21st – 27th November). The book follows the character ‘Jolly Trolley’ who goes on a mystical learning adventure after he crashes into some Fairtrade bananas at the supermarket and finds himself travelling around the world learning about various Fairtrade products.  

As well as being an entertaining story with illustrations the book also contains fun facts about the Fair Trade movement and the Scottish Fair Trade Forum. The book will be an invaluable tool to both entertain and educate children about the importance of Fair Trade. It is hoped that new stories will be created by future Forth Valley College Early Education and Childcare classes helping to boost the ‘Jolley Trolley’ series. The students involved were: Morag Dunion, Claire McInally, Silke Duncan, Zoe Harvey, Fiona Paterson and Michelle Sadler who are all now working as supply nursery teachers with Clackmannanshire Council.  Forth Valley College’s Fairtrade Committee led by Lisa Hachemi and David Gentles, were also instrumental in supporting the development of this initiative.

Forth Valley College was the first college in Scotland to attain Fairtrade status back in 2011 and have recently had their status renewed for the fourth time. They are very active in their campaigning and always thinking of new ways to raise awareness of the cause of Fair Trade through holding events such as their Fair Trade Christmas Fairs. Several departments at the College have also incorporated elements of the benefits and importance of Fair Trade into their teaching curriculum over the years.