About Us

The Montgomery Development Education Centre was established over 20 years ago as the education section of Aberdeen's Third World Centre (TWC) - at that time Aberdeen's original fair trade outlet - and is still totally committed to fair trade and global justice issues. 

The aims of the Montgomery DEC are :

         To raise awareness and promote understanding of global concerns and

             to enable active global citizenship throughout the community. 

Education for global citizenship, concerning global issues such as sustainable development, interdependence, rights and responsibilities, causes of poverty and equity/justice is the paramount role of the centre, together with the equipping of people of all ages to take an active role in challenging and changing the inequalities present in our world. 

We are now also the fully accredited Development Education Centre (DEC) for Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire and the north-east of Scotland. Locally MDEC education staff work with Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire schools, teachers and educationalists, Aberdeen University and the Aberdeen City Fairtrade Campaign

We are members of the Scottish-wide Development Education network - International Development Education Association of Scotland (IDEAS) working alongside the other five Scottish DECs and education officers from agencies such as Oxfam, Amnesty, WWF etc - both at policy and practice levels to help embed education for global citizenship and sustainable development within Scottish formal education.  Our main sources of funding at present come from project grants from DFID and Oxfam, and payment for services provided. 

GLPS Programme 

We have been appointed a deliverer of the new Global Learning Programme - Scotland with NE schools, teachers and educationalists (funded by DFID and managed by IDEAS) that is supporting schools develop and embed global citizenship education.  

This allows us to bring to your cluster or school:

  • FREE, tailored, professional developments courses
  • Support in meeting your personal and school requirements
  • Advice on achieving your targets for Learning for Sustainability, Rights-Based approach and Local/Global Learning etc
  • The loan of supporting resources - free of charge
  • Ongoing support and advice in your Global Learning work

Professional Learning 

We develop and deliver a range of Professional Learning courses for teachers of pupils from age 3 years to secondary levels. These courses are offered both through Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire and Moray local authorities and also independently to teachers, schools and cluster groups, and pre-school groups.

All of our courses promote active and participatory learning methodology to this includes addressing the requirements of the new teacher standards and the Learning for Sustainability agenda.

At the same time they illustrate how curricular areas, cross-cutting themes and whole school initiatives can be enhanced by including a global dimension, global citizenship and sustainable development education.  Tools for measuring impact on pupil's learning and perceptions have been developed and are available.

Resource Library

The Montgomery Centre is also an educational resource centre - library - offering an extensive range of teacher guides and classroom packs, photo packs, storybooks, DVDs etc for loan; these supporting both content and methodology needs, linked to global citizenship and sustainable development education.  These are also available to any member of the local community.

Advice Service 

We can help you choose the most appropriate resources to fit your requirements or link to specific areas/themes within the school curriculum. Email us at montgomerydec@btconnect.com to arrange to come in to the Centre and see us - we can arrange to stay late by appointment during term-time, to allow teachers to come in after school.

Regular newsletters

These are sent out to all Aberdeen schools and all members of our MDEC info email group.  PLEASE EMAIL US to have your name added to the news and info email group.  This way you will not miss out on getting info on resources, free supported school projects etc 

Initial Teacher Education Links

The MDEC works alongside staff at the Aberdeen University School of Education to present Initial Teacher Education (ITE) workshops to student teachers. Student teachers can seek advice and borrow resources from the centre for use on placement

Some comments from students at a recent Social Subjects workshop

“Finding out where alternative resources can be found, especially in an effort to raise awareness of 3rd world issues to pupils.”

“Very useful materials & great tips from tutor.”

“Very useful with good, fun activities that I will definitely be using.”

“It will be remembered as a positive experience, which has given me an idea of ways to enhance the learning of children in my classroom.”

“Was fun, very useful in terms of thinking how children learn.”

Fair Trade

We have strong links with the Aberdeen Fair Trade Forum - see our Fair Trade and Resource pages for more info and ideas.

Our organisation

Hard or email copies of our annual report and previous reports, as well as copies of our audited accounts can be obtained by contacting the centre .

What is Development Education?

Development Education is an active and participatory learning process, which enables people to understand the links between their own lives and those of people throughout the world. In a changing global society, which is diverse and interdependent, it aims to:

  • enable people to understand the links between their own lives and those of people throughout the world;

  • increase understanding of the economic, social, political and environmental forces which shape our lives;

  • develop skills, attitudes and values which enable people to work together to bring about change and take control of their own lives;

  • promote the voices and viewpoints who are excluded from an equal share in the benefits of human development internationally;

  • work towards achieving a more just and sustainable world in which power and resources are more equitably shared.

Where to find us

Our office is within the Queen Street Church building in Aberdeen. The entrance is on Shoe Lane, just opposite the side door of the Lemon Tree Arts Centre.  Please note that you cannot access the centre by car from West North Street, only by Queen St, off Broad St.

79 Queen Street


AB10 1AN

Tel: 01224 620111

Email: montgomerydec@btconnect.com

During term time we work Monday - Thursday but office hours are variable as we are often out at schools.

Please email us to arrange a mutually convenient day and time to come in to the Centre.


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