NEW DELHI – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today hosted hundreds of students who came to the Capital to receive awards from the Chief Minister of Delhi, Sheila Dikshit, for writing essays about innovative strategies to fight hunger in India.
The essay-writing competition was organised by WFP to mark World Food Day and attracted submissions from around 800 students in grades nine to twelve from 21 schools within the National Capital Region. The competition was designed to promote broader understanding about hunger and malnutrition among students.
“It was very encouraging to read of the compassion students have for people who never have enough to eat,” said Mihoko Tamamura, WFP India Representative and Country Director. “The world’s poor are going through a difficult time with high food prices and we need to push ourselves harder in order to help them.”
“India, with its immense resources, has what it takes to root out hunger and malnutrition,” Tamamura added. “What we need is firm commitment and persistent efforts. I am sure the participation of the students in this endeavour will pave the way for a greater civil society movement against poverty and hunger.”
The essays were judged by an independent panel comprising Delhi University lecturers and academics with the six winners coming from two categories, Group A – classes 9 and 10, and Group B – classes 11 and 12. Winners received prizes ranging from digital cameras to MP3 players and even electronic pianos during a ceremony at the WWF auditorium in Lodhi Estate on Sunday morning.
Some 112 consolation prizes, sponsored by Britannia Nutrition Foundation, were also given away and all 800 participants received a t-shirt and certificate.
The top six winners were:
Ishani Mishra of Cambridge School, Noida (Ist);
Tushti Bhatia of St. Thomas School (2nd)
Utkarsha Srivastava of Bal Bharti Public School, Sir Ganga Ram Marg (3rd).
Surabhi Seth of Delhi Public School, R K Puram (Ist);
Mayank Shah of Ryan International School, Vasant Kunj (2nd)
Akshay Dutta of Cambridge School, Srinivas Puri (3rd)
In addition to awarding prizes to the essay winners, an on-the-spot quiz competition was organized for the occasion and amid the lively cheers nearly 250 participating students won gift hampers, movie DVDs, and 2GB clip drives.
For Further Information:
WFP India Representative & Country Director, Mihoko Tamamura,
Radhika Srivastava, Public Information Officer, 011-46554000, extn: 2620; 9871710646