Stepping out into the Schools

Published on 27 October 2010

This year on World Food Day, WFP staff members stepped out of the office and into schools. From Rome to Washington D.C., students heard first-hand what it is like on the front lines of the fight against hunger. 

Some students sampled High Energy Biscuits, while others listened to stories about dropping tons of food from airplanes. Some were familiar with the faces of hungry children, but for many students, this was an introduction to the global hunger crisis. 

Bringing hunger into the classroom once a year is great—but what if it was a part of education every day? Not in a depressing or discouraging way, but in a way that challenges kids to think globally. 

Teachers have the opportunity to instil a sense of possibility in their students in a way that their peers and parents cannot. Weaving a sense of global responsibility into your students’ education is perhaps one of the most important things a teacher can do.

Interestingly, to teach hunger you don’t have to sacrifice substance in your lesson plans, or deviate from your curriculum. Hunger is political. Hunger is geographical. Hunger is historical. The state of other people around the world is, by nature, educational. We owe it to students to make them aware of the simple ways they can work toward a better world.

It is the students in your econ classrooms who will re-allocate resources someday. The kids in chemistry will create micro-nutrient fortified foods. Children learning numbers in Spanish will help bridge gaps in developing countries. 

But they can only do these things if they realize there is a need. You can change the world your students grow up in by teaching them how to change it.

 

For creative ways to bring hunger issues into your curriculum, check out the Teach Hunger section of our site!

Comments

I would recommend all educators bring issues like hunger into lessons at school, to teach this generation of students about it; if all the students of our world were to learn about hunger, and were encouraged to find ways to solve it, then at least a few students would be inspired, and grow up to lead the effort to solve starvation totally. So for everybody reading this, especially teachers, please educate others and yourselves about hunger: we can solve it, and save lives!

responsibility, performing responsibility, together, some individual word but putting together can make a dramatic change. we should, we have to, we can slash hunger together.

This is awesome

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