The co-operative movement in Scotland was keen that UN International Year of Co-operatives was not just about giving ourselves a big co-operative pat on the back.  The events at Edinburgh Castle and New Lanark were great but there was a strong desire to create an educational legacy.  That’s why the Scottish Membership responsible for promoting Co-operative Values and Principles put significant funds behind 8 Scottish schools and 150 of their pupils to complete ASDAN Awards in Co-operative Studies and to create new SQA Awards in Co-operative Studies.

Student Lauren Murphy accepting her ASDAN Award in Co-operative Studies

Armadale Academy pupil, Lauren Murphy, has been awarded the “Co-operative Studies Quaich” for her outstanding efforts in the field and is sufficiently enthused to be returning next year to have a go at the next level.

Hopefully, she will take this learning and these co-operative values and principles into her working life and help secure the Co-operative Future.