Objective 1: To understand the consequences of hunger and malnutrition
Concept: Hunger affects the well-being of people, nations and the world
- The strength of a nation depends on the strength of its people. When people are healthy, strong and well nourished, they have the energy, creativity, security and courage to solve problems, create great works of art and music, contribute to scientific advances and live their daily lives with dignity and joy, ultimately advancing civilization to new heights. Well-fed citizens are productive citizens who contribute to their society. People who are not well nourished do not have the energy to work or to learn and often need constant medical care. The costs in lost potential, as well as the costs of the health care system, can be staggering for a society.
- Discuss the issues listed above with students. Ask them to name great people in their community, their country or the world, from either the past or the present. List the names of other people, whom the students might recognise, who have changed the course of their nation or world. Ask students to imagine the difference in the world if these people had been too malnourished, hungry or ill to do the work that they did. Tell the students how important it is to all of us that each person in the world be able to function at their full potential. Lost potential hurts us all.