Communications Officer - Canada - Global Issues
Want to play an online game and help donate free rice for the world’s hungry at the same time? The UN World Food Programme (WFP) is challenging all Canadian students to get involved with the Canadian Freerice School Challenge to see which school can raise the most rice while learning vocabulary, language, math, geography or science skills.
TORONTO-- Freerice.com is the world’s only online educational game feeding the hungry worldwide.
The Canadian Freerice School Challenge is a month-long competition starting November 1 through to November 30, 2011 and is open to all schools in Canada. The school group that raises the most grains of rice wins. Anyone can play: simply create a group under your school name at freerice.com or the website’s French version fr.freerice.com and invite students, teachers, family and parents to join.
“Lots of young Canadians like to help people. Getting schools involved is a great way to connect Canadian youth to what's happening in the world, and this opportunity lets them see the difference they can make almost immediately. Plus it's always fun to beat your friends at a game like Freerice," said George Stroumboulopoulos, WFP’s Canadian Ambassador Against Hunger. George will donate a specially-designed school plaque with the name of the winning school and ten Freerice signed t-shirts for the top players within the winning group.
Since taking the web by storm in 2007, Freerice.com has raised almost 100 billion grains of rice, enough to feed nearly 5 million people for a day. During the Canadian Freerice School Challenge schools will compete to see who can register the most correct answers to the game’s trivia questions and earn the most grains of rice for the hungry.
For every correct answer, ten grains of rice are donated through WFP and paid for by advertisers.
In addition to the English and French versions, Freerice is also available in Spanish at es.freerice.com and in Italian at it.freerice.com . By improving your Spanish and Italian vocabulary and general knowledge skills, you can feed a hungry child.
For more information about how you can involve your school in the Canadian Freerice School Challenge go to: Freerice.com/canadian_school_challenge and Le Grand Defi Canadien! fr.freerice.com/defi_canadien . Results will be tallied weekly from November 7th.