Educate & engage youth about poverty & hunger on World Food Day

Today, October 16th, is World Food Day, a worldwide event to increase awareness, understanding and informed action to alleviate hunger. In her blog entry on Huffington Post today, UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman reminds us that “more than one billion people are suffering from malnutrition and hunger, an increase of 100 million in just over a year. Consensus, international leadership and urgent action are needed to help end this global travesty.” While the very first Millenium Development Goal is to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger worldwide, there is still a long way to go to meet that goal.


In the October 2008 edition of the World Savvy Monitor on Poverty and Internatiaonl Development, the classroom  companion offers a number of suggested lesson ideas and curriculum units to educate students about global poverty and hunger. Below are a few suggestions you might use for World Food Day:

Oxfam America:  Fast for a World Harvest
This annual event sponsored by Oxfam America provides a simulation of poverty and world hunger today, and has been implemented in hundreds of schools around the country each fall.  Oxfam provides a full guide for the simulation as well as some curriculum materials.

Educators Guide to the Millennium Development Goals
This complete curriculum, developed by One World Youth Project and TakingItGlobal, teaches about the eight objectives that make up the MDGs and what is being done to achieve them, as well as what youth can do to play a part.

Heifer International Curriculum

Heifer provides services and assistance for economic development around the world, and is perhaps best known for their program where donors can purchase a goat, cow, or other livestock for families in the developing world.  Their website features an education section, and a children’s book is available to illustrate the economic benefits of the livestock purchase program.  The educational resources are good for upper elementary and middle school students.

Take Action:

Starting today and through the weekend (October 16-18), the Millennium Campaign and Global Call to Action Against Poverty (GCAP) are coordinating the 4th annual Stand Up and Take Action mobilization in conjunction with the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty on October 17th.  This mobilization is aimed at standing up against poverty and taking action on the Millennium Development Goals.  Last year more than 116 million people participated in these actions worldwide. Learn more and get involved.

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