From Madagascar to Carrickfergus
On Friday 8th June, Barry Ferguson visited Ulidia Integrated College. He was accompanied by Adsum team members Úna Kelly and Colin Kirkpatrick.
Barry who, help coordinate Eco Schools in Madagascar, has been a partner of Adsum's for more than 3 years.
Barry facilitates the school twinning partnership between Ulidia College and Lycee Pole in Port Duphine.
Malagasy and French are the two official languages of Madagascar. During his visit Barry worked with year 11 French lstudents to learn about environmental issues through French. The students had the opportunity to learn new vocabulary and to expand their knowledge of the environmental conservation work that is being undertaken in Madagascar. Barry then met with the head of Languages to discuss the development of resources.
After break, Barry led a Fair Trade workshop for the Eco Team. The team had the opportunity to learn about vanilla growth in Madagascar and to explore the importance of Fairtrade to vanilla farmers in Madagascar. Working in small groups the Eco Team developed sound bites about Fairtrade that will be shared with the farmers in Madagascar when Barry returns later this month.
The students had the chance to taste Malagasy chocolate and to explore spices and other produce from Madagascar. The workshop concluded with a question and answer session.