Around the world, WFP is providing food assistance, but students may wonder why these people are food insecure. When engaging students in lessons on hunger, it may help to shed light on the issue with stories from specific, real-life hunger situations.
There is nothing like a good teacher. Teachers help us find our passions, set our goals and broaden our horizons. On 5 October, the world celebrated educators with World Teachers' Day.
Getting classrooms involved in the fight against hunger is important to WFP. For teachers who want to start teaching about hunger and food assistance, it can be tough to know where to start. Our website has several great options for crafting a lesson.
Melissa is a middle school teacher in the United States. If you walked through her school, you might notice colourful cut-out bowls of rice decorating the hallway. Why? Trying to teach her students new study skills that would stick, she discovered something powerful about her students to tap into: their desire to help others in a big way. She shared Freerice.com with her colleagues and was inspired as one classroom set a school goal of raising 1,000,000 grains of rice. Along the way, she noticed that the grains of rice donated for every correct answer got her students excited about learning and propelled them to discover new subjects – like foreign languages. Not only did study skills become a habit: so did making a difference on hunger.
We reached out to her to learn more and here’s what she had to say.