Category Archives: Miskolc

„For a fairer world” – Seminar for teachers in Miskolc

As a final event in the framework of the „Aware & Fair” project, seminars for teachers were held in the Pedagogical Istitute of Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén County in Miskolc.

Parallel in 3 groups the teachers – coming mainly from elementary schools – got the „Teacher Training Toolkit” that was made in the framework of the project.

The lecturers presented the toolkit, explaining how to use it when teaching pupils about Fair Trade and Millennium Development Goals.

The participating teachers considered the use of the  toolkit as a good way to awake, and increase the pupil’s interest in the topic.

The event gave also possibility for the participants to taste the different fair trade products; teas, coffees, chocholates, fruits.



National Fair Trade Conference in Miskolc

On Tuesday, 11 December, the first National Fair Trade Conference was held in Miskolc.

The event was attended by about 70  participants from all over the country. There were representatives from the biggest hungarian cities (cities with county rank), guests from the University, from schools, from the Chamber of Commerce, from the  public administration,  and people interested in the objectives of the conference. Not miss out NGOs, traders and other active citizens with an interest in responsible shopping.

The main objective of the meeting was to give to the participants an opportunity to gain quality information about the Millennium Development Goals and Fair Trade, that can be used in practice, and create a space for sharing experiences.

The conference was opened by the vice mayor of Miskolc, who underlined the importance of the topic. He also spoke about Miskolc commitment to the Fair Trade movement.

The conference speakers were the well-known representatives of the Hungarian Fair Trade movement.

Some title of the lectures:

  • The Millennium Development Goals and Hungary – what can we do?
  • What is Fair trade – how can we help for the 3rd world producers?
  • The Fair Trade movement in Hungary and in Miskolc
  • Fair Trade Towns – what are they, and how can they promote Fair Trade
  • The city of Miskolc in the „Aware & Fair” project

In the coffee break, and during the lunch the participants could enjoy the tasty fair trade products; teas, coffees, chocolates, cakes.

At the end of the event an interactive dialogue has been established between the speakers and the audience on the conference topics.

At the end of the conference an impromptu poll of the conference participants showed that people support the fair trade  with enthusiasm.

The main organizer of the successful event was the Municipality of Miskolc, but the associated project partners (Védegylet, and the Green Connection Association) also took part in the organization and the implementation of the conference

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


The City Goal-Wall Game serves the awareness raising in Miskolc

The Municipality of Miskolc organized  an interactive city goal wall game to promote the Millennium Development Goals and the Fair Trade Movement in the Sport hall of the Avasi High School on 3. December 2012.

In the lively game that involved nearly 200 students and their teachers, the participants roamed around the topics of the global social and environmental problems.From the preliminary presentation and screening they could learn that the United Nations formulated Millennium Development Goals for example in areas of poverty, education, health, child mortality, and aid.

The Fair Trade Movement encourages us to learn the third world’s social and production problems, the products coming from organic farms and are providing fair production conditions and prices for the producers.

The participating students could get acquainted with the MDG-s and Fair Trade related issues at 8 “stations” under various interactive games. For example from mixed products they had to select the Fair Trade qualified products, to identify the Fair trade teas from their scent, and they had some more exciting tasks.

Each station included a goal wall that were made by the students of the Eötvös, and the Gábor Áron High School. Into the holes of the goal walls – which are closely related to the MDG-s -the students could kick with balls from Pakistan, in this way they could get to know up close with the demanding Fair Trade product.

During the game the players could taste the tasty Fair Trade teas, chocolates, cakes.

At the end of the program the best teams won valuable Fair Trade products.

The local media (TV, newspapers) gave a detailed account of the event.


Seminar participants

Seminar on Fair Trade for the public in Miskolc

Many people don’ t know that the average coffee, tea, rice cocoa or cotton based products, consumed in our country every day, go to the shopkeepers by polluting environment, child labor and exploitation of producers, who send them to the shops of developed countries with multiple extra profit.

The Fair Trade stimulates to introduce consumers to fair production conditions and prices, social  program activities from ecological economy, which helps the producers of developing countries.

So the movement contributes to develop the biological diversity,  human rights, global teaching and capacity building too.

Members of Social Association got to know the work and importance of Fair Trade movement for whom the experts of Green Connection Association held a seminar in the intimate club room of Pax Corporis Association on 13th November, 2012.

The aim of the event was to talk about these global problems in Miskolc. In the seminar it  turned out that many people already know fair trade products, mainly the teas, and some cosmetics. But everybody complained that these days they are not available in the city. To replace it, those who took part in the seminar, could taste 12 different teas and coffees, with the help of Green Connection Association.


Fair Trade at the Miskolc Fair

For several years  has became a tradition in Miskolc: on the first Sunday of every month to organize a fair in the downtown of the city. The name of the event is Miskolc Fair.

On the 4th of November 2012 beside the traditional fairground products also fair trade products were available for people visiting the Miskolc Fair. They could taste the excellent fair trade teas, coffees, chocolates free of charge. Brochures, leaflets gave them information about the Fair Trade , and the Millennium Development Goals.

We hope that in the future more and more people will chose fair trade products when buying.


The Avasi High School

Seminar for teachers about Fair Trade and MDG-s in Miskolc

Miskolc is going to organise the MDG Urban  Game – that is in connection with the promotion of the Fair Trade and the Millennium Development Goals – in framework of the Aware & Fair project, in November, 2012. 

In order students participating in the game will have sufficient knowledge about the topics, there will be preparatory seminars for their teachers.

The first such seminar was held on 11th November, 2012. It took place at the Avasi High School which is one of the main headquarters of the project in Miskolc. The well-known figure of the Fair Trade movement in Hungary (and associated project partner of Miskolc), Györgyi Ujszászi held the lectures and the following consultation. Besides the Fair Trade and Millennium Development Goals related informations, the audience could learn about the Fair Trade products available in Hungary and could taste the delicious fair trade teas.

 In the near future there will be 3 more seminars so that informations in connection with the Millennium Development Goals and Fair Trade should be more widely known in Miskolc and in Hungary.


Fair Trade products and leaflets are waiting for the guests…

Fair Trade and the Mobility Week in Miskolc

The 10 days long event of mobility week in Miskolc, coordinated by The Ecological Institute Foundation gave a good opportunity for many visitors to get to know the importance of Fair Trade as well as the Fair Trade products available in more and more places in Hungary:

First the journalists and guests of the green press breakfast (15th Sept., 2012.) could choose among the different kinds of teas and coffees from organic farming freshly brewed by the Green Connection Association. It completed the supply of fruits, vegetables and cold cuts which arrived fresh from the organic market of Miskolc.

Secondly, people who visited the mobility week programs organised in Győri kapu (a nice part of the city) could taste the Fair Trade teas and coffees. Here primarily mothers arrived with their children because of the campaign „Expedition in your household” of the network of Environmental Advice Offices. The consultants and visitors could discover eco-conscious solutions in the use of architecture, energy, waste, water, chemicals. The daylong tasting which was organised by Green Connection Association, propagating accessible Fair Trade products with conscious shopping, fit well in this topic.

But the highest number of participants was noted in the evening party followed by the event of the Car Free Day (22nd Sept., 2012.) – the Critical Mass. Two-thirds of the participants of this bike procession (about 500 person) visited „Two-wheeled tea-shop” where the members of the Green Connection Association offered the bikers Fair Trade teas and sandwiches. Nearly 1000 cups of tea and coffee were consumed on this occasion, because the exotic organic teas and coffees aroused the curiosity of almost everybody beside drinking. The visitors took a lot of leaflets till twilight, the offer was very tasty and they left only when the stock of tea and coffee totally ran out.


The project partners and EC officer at Miskolc castle

3rd partner meeting in Miskolc

At the 3rd project meeting in Miskolc, the partners looked closer into the crucial issues: how can Fair Trade be promoted even better by local authorities in order to effectively support the Millennium Development Goals? How can more Fair Trade products be made available to German, Polish, Czech and Hungarian consumers? These questions need expertise as provided by the German and Polish Fair Trade Association, but also good ideas: Hannover is working on a sweet Fair Trade liaison of Malawaian Macadamia nuts with cocoa beans from Columbia – for the delight of chocolate lovers as well as the hard working farmers and their families.


European Tour Of Fair Trade Stakeholders From Malawi

“How do you get those nuts out of their hard shell?” This was one of the more easy questions to Grey Moffat Phiri of the Macadamia Growers`Cooperative Ntchisi. In end of May, the Malawian farmer had set off together with four local government representatives of Blantyre for a European roundtrip, in order to discuss about the potential of Fair Trade products together with activists and consumers in the partner cities of the EU-project “Aware&Fair”.

And Hannover, Poznan, Litomerice  and Miskolc involved their Malawian guests in a variety of public activities – at a “festival of cultures”, in meetings with owners of organic and ethical enterprises, a fashion show and reading in the public library, knowledge quest in the botanical garden, street market with information stands – and took opportunity to jointly raise awareness about Malawi, the Millennium Development Goals and their support through Fair Trade.