Hunger and Malnutrition
Three easy to use model lessons are provided to help young people explore and understand the problems of hunger, malnutrition and food insecurity in the world. The lessons, developed for three different grade levels and ages, cover the following topics:
Lesson 1: What are Hunger and Malnutrition and Who are the Hungry?
Lesson 2: Why are People Hungry and Malnourished?
Lesson 3: What Can We Do to Help End Hunger?
The lessons provide a starting point for teachers and leaders of young people from the primary through the secondary level to introduce these topics inside or outside the classroom. Intended for use around the world, the lessons and materials can be adapted and refined to meet local circumstances, needs and conditions.
Teachers and youth leaders are encouraged to copy and use the materials, adapting the scope, language, discussions and activities to fit the particular circumstances of their students and facilities As grade levels and student ages are defined differently around the world, teachers will need to examine the lessons and select the materials that best match their students' level of cognitive development, making modifications as necessary..
The lessons are designed to be covered in three sessions of approximately 45 minutes each, but they can be covered in greater or lesser detail to fit the needs of the class. Each lesson contains:
- an overview of the lesson and the specific objectives of the lesson
- background information to use in lesson preparation and to share with students
- materials and additional resources necessary for the suggested activities
- key concepts and messages for the lesson
- suggested activities and discussion points, which can be used as presented or as a base to create other activities for the topic
- lesson summary at the end of each lesson
The other materials on the Feeding Minds website, many of which are directly aimed at young people, provide additional resources and activities that can be drawn upon and incorporated into these lessons.
Educators and youth leaders are in a special position to instil in young people a sense of caring and commitment to join in the fight against hunger and malnutrition. The imagination, ideals and energy of young people represent a vital resource for the continuing development of communities and nations. You can help make a difference through informing, sharing knowledge, encouraging participation and showing young people that they have an important role to play in achieving a world free from hunger.
The lessons on Hunger and Malnutrition were developed by Claudia Probart, Ph.D.,R.D., Associate Professor of Nutritional Sciences, Penn State University and Valeria Menza, Nutrition Officer, Nutrition and Consumer Protection Division, FAO, in collaboration with the Feeding Minds, Fighting Hunger Founding Partners. Many other technical experts, teachers, youth leaders and students taking part in a wide consultation and review process in both developed and developing countries contributed valuable comments and ideas.
The graphic design of the lessons and the Primary Level drawings were created by Chiara Caproni; the web design was developed by Anne Aubert, Giulia Ruspantini and Antonio Petti, who also developed the Intermediate and Secondary Level graphics; Davies Zulu, a Zambian artist contributed original drawings to the student materials.