Food for All
Middle Years 2012/2013 School Year
Food for All was a one day conference for middle school students that explored global food security, global hunger, and how we can take action as a global community to improve access to food for all.
What is hunger? Who is hungry? What is the impact of hunger on people’s lives? What are the causes of hunger? What can we do to address global hunger?
The Manitoba Council for International Cooperation was proud to host six Generating Momentum for Our World conferences throughout Manitoba in 2012 and 2013. The conferences were a big success, with 266 students attending the conferences from 43 different schools in 22 school divisions across Manitoba. Teachers and students alike had very positive feedback about their experiences at the conferences.
What You Need To Know
- Students explored issues around food security and investigated ways that we can work together to improve access to food for every person in our world now, and in the future.
- Schools were invited to send six students and one teacher to participate in the conference. The cost was $15 per students (free for teachers), which included lunch and snacks.
- The conference consisted of an opening plenary, followed by three circuit sessions, a creative workshop, and a closing plenary.
- The conferences began at 9:00am and ended at 3:15pm
Sessions were 40 minutes in length. Students attended with their teachers.
Planning and Promoting
This circuit helped transform ideas into action! Students had the opportunity to brainstorm ideas and learn about the nuts and bolts of planning an activity or event, and raising awareness.
Students were empowered to be confident, relaxed and engaging public speakers. This circuit taught them to get their messages across effectively so they can spread the word about important global issues.
Recipe for Rights
In this session, students considered where the ingredients for the food they love comes from, and what impact our food choices have on people locally, and around the world. This was a hands on session where students got to make a tasty treat and analyze where the ingredients come from, how they were produced, and how they can take action by choosing local and fair trade ingredients when cooking or baking!
Creative Workshop Choices
The workshops were an opportunity for students to work outside of their school groups and explore a creative medium of their choice. They could rank their choice of workshop in order of preference on the registration form. A teachers workshop was held concurrent to these workshops.
Making a short video is a great way to get your message out to the public. As part of this workshop, students learned the basics of camera operation, storyboarding and how to set up a shot.
For those who like to make a fashion statement, this workshop went through the basics of how to create an original T-shirt design. Students learned about the silk screening process and how to design images with a message.
This workshop explored theatre techniques as a way of getting the message out. Students played theatrical games and learned how to build scenes through improvisation.
Students learned to take documentary-style photographs as part of this workshop. Composition was explained as the students play with light, movement and content.