The 2013 Fairer World Festival again showcased the power of young Tasmanians to make a difference in the world.
The 2013 Festival was organised by A Fairer World in partnership with Oaktree (an entirely youth-run organisation which leads a movement to end poverty with over 140,000 members around Australia). Together with 16 other community organisations they provided an incredible range of presentations and activities.
The theme of the 2013 Festival was fair food; across a variety of workshops and presentations students were educated about issues surrounding food security.
Each day a MAD Expo also provided schools and community groups with an opportunity to showcase their community action projects. The MAD Expo was a hub of activity and many who attended found it to be one of the highlights of that day.
The RUMAD? conference was an inspiring experience. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to participate in such a MAD project. We have learnt a lot and will put it to good use in the near future. We really appreciate how you gave us the Bonorong park voucher and we are looking forward to celebrating our project there. Thanks again. The day was fantastic.
Hannah and the students in 5/6 Dale
It was our pleasure to support the event. It was inspirational to see the kids (and support adults!) learning and planning to act locally and globally to make the world a fairer place. The future will be a better place for the work you have done with these kids! My thanks also to the Trevallyn Primary boy who showed me around.
Sam Bailey, Director Scientific Affairs, Tasmanian Alkaloids
Thank you so much for your invitation to participate in the Fairer World Festival – it was a wonderful event and I was extremely impressed with the calibre of the sessions, presentations, workshops, displays and mostly of the students’ interest and enthusiasm about the issues they were exposed to! Well done it was a tremendous effort and we were very pleased to have been able to be part of it.
Danusia Kaska, State Membership Manager, St Vincent de Paul Society (Tasmania) Inc.
Within minutes of the program officially opening, my children were noticeably enthused. Akram, the keynote speaker had the children’s attention within minutes as he graciously shared his life’s journey thus far. Having little concept of ‘extreme poverty’ prior to the festival, my daughter, Elodie, gained insight into the enormous pressures faced by some families/children in their daily struggle to survive when compared to her own life. My son, George, is confident that conscious improvements to our own daily routine can have positive effects on those living in poverty. As a direct result from attending the festival, George and Elodie discussed with the family the concepts considered at the festival and helped inform their younger brother through the design of a global citizen poster based on the foundations of learning, talking and action. They have identified and implemented key areas for the reduction of waste in the household (food, power, water, paper, time) and are currently researching humanitarians (past and present). Going forward, the children plan to identify fair-trade organisations, consider an appropriate micro-financing opportunity and donate responsible items for ‘Care for Africa’. They are keen to present their thoughts and actions at the next Fairer World Festival expo.
Parent of two students who attended the 2013 Festival
The Festival would not have been possible without the enormous volunteer contribution from the many community organisations that worked with us and the generosity of our sponsors. Also the host schools – Wynyard High, Trevallyn Primary, Cygnet Primary and Huonville High – and the 29 fantastic University students who acted as hosts and “living books”. We are very grateful to everyone who contributed to this important event.