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The first anniversary celebration of our Fairtrade school in Litomerice

We can´t believe it has been a year since we were awarded the titul of the first Fairtrade school in the Czech Republic. Since then we have been very busy in organising different events in support of fair trade, mainly for our pupils,their parent, our local community and also in cooperation with our Fairtrade town Litomerice.

On 8 February 2013 all pupils with their teachers reminded themselves of the main principels of the organization and then they all could tast and buy some new fair trade products, a present from our town Litomerice supported by the Aware and Fair project.

After this very successful sale and promotion, there has been a meeting with the Fairtrade steering group and the headteacher to recap on our previous agenda and to introduce our next term action plan.

We look forward to all the new coming events already!

Iveta Dragonova

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Final Survey in Litoměřice

The survey, which aims to identify the level of awareness and knowledge about Fair Trade and the Millennium Development Goals runs from Monday the 21st of January in Litoměřice. The survey provides MindBridge Consulting a.s. and will run until 20th of February. The results of the survey will be presented at the final conference in Hannover.

Theatre workshop focused on MDG

Actors and actresses from two amateur groups from Litoměřice will gather in little theater Minimax and together will try to create theatricals on the topic of MDG´s. The result of their improvisation can public see in the evening of the 2nd of February, the same day when the workshop will be held.

The workshop will mentor Fettah Diouri together with Silvia Hesse from Hannover. They both realized a similar workshop in Malawi.

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The First National Fairtrade Conference in Litomerice attracted participants from all over the country

On Tuesday, 30 October, the first ever National Fairtrade Conference was held in Litomerice, it attracted 80 participants from all over the country. There were representatives of the public administration, already certified Fairtrade cities and schools, people interested in obtaining this title and coordinators of Healthy cities. Not miss out students, NGOs and other active citizens with an interest in responsible shopping.

“This was the first event of this scale in our country. The main objective was to give participants an opportunity to gain quality information that can be used in practice, and create a space for sharing experiences. “I think both of these goals were met”, said Hana Chorváthová, Deputy, of Fairtrade Czech Republic, which has co-organized the conference; “I’m glad that the effort that has been put into the conference, didn´t go to waste, but turned into a positive atmosphere, sharing and mutual inspiration of participants. “I would like to thank everyone who participated in the conference,” added the chief organizer of the event, the city of Litoměřice, Marcela Trejbalová, Project Manager of the Municipality of Litomerice.

The conference had the support of the Ministry of Environment, Marie Petrova, the Secretary of the Working Group on Local Agenda 21 of the Government Council for Sustainable Development, she opened the first session and spoke about the context of fair trade and Local Agenda 21. Mrs. Jenny Foster from Great Britain was a special guest at the conference, she has been working as a fair trade programs coordinator in Bristol for six years – in one of the “greenest” cities in Europe. She was a great inspiration for all participants in ways of involving local businesses to fair trade and gaining public support for their campaigns.

The conference also demonstrated several examples of good practice, performed by pupils of Masarykova school in Litomerice, or Mrs. Romana Šafránková, who teaches at the High School and Language School in Volyne and is also a member of the Steering Group for Fairtrade in Volyně City. In the afternoon session followed by a panel discussion, where participants had the opportunity to clarify issues related to fair trade or their involvement in campaigns. The whole event ended with a fashion show of fairtrade clothes supplied by Ona Fair and was shown by dancers from DMC revolution, the dance and movement school from Litoměřice.

“The conference showed that people join the fairtrade support with enthusiasm. Fair trade can unite all actors of public life, whether politicians, activists, civil servants, students or ordinary citizens.  A few examples of good practice were highlighted at the conference, how to inform effectively about  the working conditions in the countries of the global South or how  to include global issues  in teaching at school, “said Stanislav Komínek, the  Fairtrade towns campaign coordinator and promoter of responsible government purchases from the organization NaZemi.

The conference was also assessed by Mrs. Iveta Ondráčková, the coordinator of Healthy City Project and LA21 from Třebíč: “The program was very varied and inspiring. The event has poured  more strength and conviction into our veins, that what we do has a meaning and that perhaps soon we can expect a Fairtrade city Trebic certification. We have been realizing activities in this area for more than three and a half years, at this moment, we only need to provide a support of the city government. ”

Organizers plan to build on this year’s successful event next year. It will be possible to take into an account wishes and concerns of participants of the last conference.  For example, some would welcome greater space for addressing discussed   questions about fair trade.

The main organizer of the conference were, the city of Litoměřice, one of the first Fairtrade cities in the country. The coordinators of Fairtrade Cities campaign also took park in organization: Fairtrade Czech Republic and NGOs NaZemi. The conference was also supported by Ecumenical Academy Prague.

The conference was organized with the financial support of the European Union, the Aware & Fair Project.

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1th National Fair Trade Conference hosted by Litomerice!

City of Litomerice, Fairtrade Czech Republic and NaZemi organize the first national meeting of representatives of municipalities, regions and their partners and other people interested in fair trade which will be held on 30th October 2012 in the Gothic castle in Litomerice.

Main topics of the conference are:
– Fair trade as an opportunity for sustainable development
– Why and how to get involved
– Examples of good practice

Part of the conference is also fair trade fashion show and presentation of fair trade retailers in the conference venue lobby.

The conference is funded by the European Union within the project Aware&Fair.

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10th Birthday of Litomerice Healthy City

The square in Litomerice was truly bustling with people on Friday of 15. 6. 2012. For it has already been 10 years since Litomerice became an important partner of Healthy Cities of the Czech Republic and can boast the title of Healthy City. The celebrations took place with active participation of individual partners from the ranks of city-funded institutions and non-state non-profit organisations that prepared their creative workshops on the square as a part of their presentation.

In the course of celebrations, the town mayor Mr Ladislav Chlupac and  the Minister of Defence and Senator Mr Alexander Vondra handed over the Litomerice Town Fair Trade Establishment Certificates to ten shops and restaurants. Awarding of the certificate expresses the thanks and support of Litomerice Town to all shops and restaurants that participated actively in the support of fair trade by offering products that come from fair-trade sources.

Litomerice Fair Trade Town information stand with tasting of fair trade products was available on the square during the whole event. The afternoon was livened up by volunteers in banana costumes who offered fair-trade bananas to taste as well as educational leaflets “Do you know what you’re peeling?”.

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Models show fair trade clothes right on the square

Models walked red carpet to climb the catwalk situated in front of K.H. Macha Library in Litomerice. They were observed not only by the mayor Ladislav Chlupac but also by the delegation from African Malawi and more than one hundred guests of private view of World of Supermarkets Exhibition, preceded by fair trade clothes fashion show.

The visitors saw a collection of tie-dyed t-shirts. The textiles had been coloured exclusively using natural dyes such as plant or spice extracts. There were also skirts, tops and silk, hand embroidered scarfs. Summer flamboyant dresses were made of bio-cotton that had not been chemically treated, that is hand-picked and therefore offers employment to more people. Chemically untreated cotton grows slower, but its quality is much better. Clothes produced using the “block print” method, i.e. using a technique of manual cotton printing, were also to be seen. The method is based on revival of ancient woodcarving trade and printing that require precision and dexterity of craftsmen.

Fair trade clothes by Nomads were lent by ONA Fair. The company originated due to the practical need not only to eat fair, but also to dress fair. Fashion show visitors had an opportunity to see models sewn in the north-western part of India, in the area called Rajastan. Despite being designed by Europeans, they displayed elements of Indian origin. Jewels worn by the models were handmade and the revenues from sales help directly the people in poor communities.

The fashion show was followed by the private view of Supermarket World Exhibition, lent from non-governmental non-profit organisation NaZemi. The exhibition offers different views on our shopping. “The aim is to create space that would lead to the realisation that products we purchase have unintended impacts on people and living environment elsewhere in the world.” stated Marcela Trejbalová, project manager of Municipal Office in Litomerice. Until the end of August people can visit the library to see large-format photographs from African Malawi taken by German photographer Kiêna Hoàng Lê.

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19.5. A walk on the Earth (Litomerice)

An event for parents with children that joins entertainment with awareness raising. This short definition describes an action that was organized by one of our local partners SEVER Litomerice.

This year was dedicated to multiculturality and life of children in development countries. The tasks at various stations was arranged to follow this topic. There was also camp-fire and refreshments. Grilled sausages and “snakes” made of water and flour, which were also grilled on fire, attracted all visitors. At the end children searched for a hidden treasure and could watch theatre performance.

Beautiful weather and relaxed atmosphere helped to create great event not only for children 🙂

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Fairtrade breakfast

Also this year people in Litomerice could celebrate World Fair Trade Day together with thousands of people around the world and show their interest in Fair Trade and responsible consumption at all.

Despite the bad weather came on Saturday 12 May to have breakfast together twice more people than last year – about 120 fans. As well as the last year there was competition for the best fairtrade cake. Jurors and everyone else is looking forward to continue next year:-)

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Fair city in movement

“Fair in sports and in life”

Friday 27 of May was full of sports and raising of public awareness. Litoměřice Town in cooperation with Association of School Sports Clubs of the Czech Republic held event focused mainly on children. The aim was to connect the idea of fair play and fair trade through the competition of school teams and accompanying activities for the public.

Olympians were present, football goal walls were painted in a graffiti method, people could try to make there own ball as children do it in Afrika and India, ShineBean was present with his developing corner, children watched the documentary film Football for development and had a long discussion after that…..and sun was shining 🙂

Event was attended by about 1,000 children and 200 adults. Mayor, Olympians, teachers, children and all the other participants were happy to be part of this action. Each school team got at the end the diploma and fair trade ball.

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