Teachers’ Forum on Global Food Security, Winnipeg, MB

Canadian Foodgrains Bank is inviting Canadian teachers to a three-day forum in Winnipeg to learn about global hunger and food security.

The forum will focus on learning about the following:

  • Hunger around the world and here in Canada.

    Foodgrains Bank staff sharing story on World Food Day event.

    Canadian Foodgrains Bank staff Ben Ofori shares his food security story with an audience at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights World Food Day event in October of 2016.

  • Canada’s role in supporting international food assistance and development from experts in the field.
  • The concept of food as a human right.
  • Thoughts and insights into improving our educational resources and opportunities for teachers.

Sessions will be finalized once we have a better idea of the grade levels and subjects participants are teaching, but a possible itinerary may be as follows:

Day 1:

  • Learning sessions with staff of Canadian Foodgrains Bank. Topics may include:
    • The effects of climate change on developing communities;
    • Canada’s role responding to war and disaster through food assistance;
    • Farming practices in developing countries;
    • Providing nutrition to children and families.
  • Visit to the Canadian Museum for Human Rights to explore exhibits related to the right to food;
  • Time to explore other museum exhibits.

Day 2:

  • Visit with a food bank or soup kitchen to explore local hunger issues;
  • Feedback session on Foodgrains Bank’s educational resources and opportunities.

Day 3:

  • Visit with a local farmer to learn how Canadian farmers are working to end hunger in the developing world;
  • Interactive workshops on classroom learning materials.

Cost

Payment of the registration cost, outlined below, is required to secure your spot once your application has been approved.

Registration cost: $250. The Foodgrains Bank will subsidize all other costs of travel to Winnipeg, meals, accommodations, and transportation related to the event.

Date

Photo credit: A J Batac

The event will take place November 22-24, 2017.

Who can apply?

All elementary, middle years, or secondary school teacher from faith-based, secular, public or private schools in Canada are welcome to apply. Teachers with previous connections to the Foodgrains Bank or who have a personal interest or curricular connections to one of the following topics are particularly encouraged to apply:

  • Awareness of other cultures and countries
  • Canada’s role in aid and development
  • Food as a human right
  • Climate change as a cause of hunger
  • Conflict and refugees
  • Food production and plant biology
  • Agriculture in Canada and around the world
  • Foods from other countries

Download the application form here.

Thank you for your interest in the Forum! Applications will be received until September 10, 2017. However, applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis. Those interested in participating are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

Questions can be addressed to Roberta Gramlich at rgramlich@foodgrainsbank.ca