Thursday, 22 January 2015

Food Security Workshop in Schools in Malta

As part of the Global Education Week, organised in the frame of the North-South centre of the Council of Europe at St Margaret College Boys’ Secondary, Kopin’s team implemented a number of different activities on the topics of food and food security for 10 to 12 year-old children.

The event took place on the 8th of January 2015 and saw the participation of about 100 between Primary and Secondary school students. The event started with a food-related quiz. After that, Kopin’s team provided the students with some basic information on food security and food waste, in order to introduce a quiz about the origin of different food products, with the aim to help them realise that the things they eat come from many different countries, which often suffer food insecurity. Afterwards, we had a game called the “String Game”, by which the students were made to think about global markets and dependencies. The children were divided into groups and given different roles of actors in the global trade of chocolate. Each group was given a ball of string, with which the children were asked to connect the actors they would think would be connected. By imagining a drought in Ivory Coast and a disease in Brazil the children were asked to think about the consequences for the global market when one instance is affected. In the end there was a discussion, in which the students could explain what they had learned through the activities. The children learned a lot and enjoyed themselves.

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Article provided by Jennifer-Louise Robinson, Intern at KOPIN 

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