A primary school has won one of the top honours at this year’s 11th Scottish Fairtrade Awards.

Dunscore Primary has been awarded the Scottish Fair Trade Forum Education Award, much to the delight of staff, pupils and villagers.

The school had to show that they have embedded Fairtrade into global citizenship, learning for sustainability or other teaching and learning.

South Scotland MSP Colin Smyth, who is chairman of the Scottish Parliament Cross Party Group on Fairtrade, as well as the Dumfries and Galloway Fairtrade Steering Group, presented the award to Merida, in P6, who accepted it on behalf of the school.

Mr Smyth said: “I’m absolutely delighted that Dunscore Primary has won this national award, but not at all surprised. Through their Fairtrade group and across the whole school, pupils are real champions at spreading the Fairtrade message and this reflects the importance of Fairtrade to the whole village.

“Not only does the brilliant work of the pupils, teachers and parents help some of the poorest people in developing countries, it raises awareness among pupils of the world around them.

“Well done to everyone at Dunscore Primary for this thoroughly deserved award.”

Dunscore Primary has been a Fair Achiever School since 2019 and Fairtrade is embedded into school life.

Through fun, innovative and educational sessions pupils gain a good understanding of the difference Fairtrade makes to farmers and producers around the world.

Head teacher John Carter said: “I am delighted with this Fairtrade award and is very grateful for the continued support from Dunscore Fairtrade Group who work in close partnership with the pupils and staff at Dunscore Primary to widen their knowledge in the importance of Fairtrade both in our community and the wider world.

Mr Carter highlighted the work of principal teacher, Miss Samantha Atkins who is leading work to gain silver status as a Fair Achiever School.