INTRODUCTIONWhat change can 4 & 5 year olds bring about ?What affects these KG II Children ?Choosing a topic relevant for them and something child-related was the real challengefor the kindergarten teachers.How do we infect them with the “I CAN” bug ?Teachers brainstormed. We decided lets begin right here right now .The major concern was thedustbins overflowing with leftover food after break time. Children from affluent families who never knew hunger! Children who werenot aware that many do not have a basic meal a day. Thus emerged “FOOD FORTHOUGHT, THOUGHT FOR FOOD”!The next step was making them aware of HUNGER.
CIRCLE TIME SESSION [VALUING OF FOOD] The energiser to trigger the topic was baking a pizza. The children sat in a big circle, but only half the children in the circle mimedthe action of eating a real pizza and relishing it too. While the other half did not get thechance to eat and their faces became sad. The urge to eat the pizza was clearly seen ontheir faces. So the teacher asked the children, “How did you feel?” The answer was“very hungry”. Then the teacher said, “Close your eyes and imagine the people whodont even get one time meal to eat.” There was a sudden change in their expressionsand the feel of hunger was apparent on their faces. Do our children know what is hunger ?We then discussed the topic “Food”.Points emphasized: ALakhs of children do not get food. A It is a sin to waste food. A Let us give food to those who need it.
Circular on ‘wastage of food’ released to the entire school(900) Children)Mothers Pet KindergartenNotice- 16.9.11Dear Parents,The school would like to be a part of the Design for Change challenge conducted annually by Riverside School ,Ahmedabad. Children and adults learn through this challenge that “I CAN” are the two most powerful words aperson can believe. We want parents, teachers and children to celebrate the fact that change is possible andthat our children can lead the change!Our slogan for the challenge is “ Food for Thought and Thought for Food”.We intend to tackle the problem of food, highlighting a very important aspect, Wastage of food. Thebrainstorming in the classes has already begun. The campaign will go ahead in the full steam in the coming days.The idea is not to adopt this only for the contest but ingrain the thought deeply in the child so that it becomes ahabit.We need your co-operation for some of the activities to be conducted in the school and outside.Kindly talk to your child about not wasting food so that all of us are the CHANGE.We welcome suggestions and creative inputs from parents to make it more productive. Please contact the Vice-Principal Mrs Gauri Javery or the Co ordinator Mrs. Sunita Nabira.
We delayed break time by an hour for the entire week so that they couldunderstand and FEEL what hunger actually is.
Children to address the parents during the Parent Teacher Meet on ‘Wastage of Food’.
Children spread the message of ‘not throwing food or wasting food’ in every class ofPre-Nursery, Nursery and KG 1 of Mother’s Pet.
Children to address schools in our neighbourhood.
Children to be taken to various restaurants to tackle the issue ‘wastage of food’.
To meet the underprivileged people in various nooks and corners of the city.
A visit to our very own primary and secondary school – Centre Point. Total No. ofchildren 2500. Putting up posters and banners in restaurants and schools. DOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO ACTION..................
VISIT TO OUR CENTRE POINT SCHOOL FOR A WEEK Day 1 – Day 5 Action Plan:Day - 1Our children addressing the assembly of 2500 children, where they delivered theirconcern on Wastage of food very very impressively. Points emphasized: A Do not carry excess food A Tell mummy to pack just enough food. A No leftovers please………….. A Leftovers to be given to those who needed.
Day - 2Our tiny squads of 4-5 children in group were spread in the school campus during breaktime to inspect the degree of practice of the message given in the assembly.It was a gloomy experience to witness food still being wasted and the leftover beingthrown in the school premises.Their next move was to collect the food the children did not want, and the entirecollection was donated to the poor people who are deprived of even a single meal a day.This continued for two days.
Day – 3Our tiny squads were ready again to inspect the children of Centre Point during breaktime.Surprisingly the amount of food left over in the tiffin was much less. Children willingly gavetheir leftovers for donation.
Day – 4Again the children were on rounds and when they went collecting food, they could hardlyfind any leftovers as most of the children finished their tiffins and those who didnt finishcarried the left over home promising that they would finish it in the next meal. Our littlesocial workers were quite elated to see the change made by them. break time.
Day – 5It was heart warming to witness that the older children of Centre Point School werechecking their peers tiffins and propagating THE message as well.
VISITS TO THE RESTAURANTS IN THE NEARBY LOCALITYPoints to be emphasized:A Order only the right amount of food.A Leftovers to be packed and given to the hungry like servants, beggars, etc.
CONTRIBUTION BY OUR SCHOOL STAFFAll 70 teachers of MPK made many posters on this project of no wasting of food.These hand made posters were pasted at various food joints and schools around thecity as per the permission received.
JOY OF GIVINGAfter the contribution of our school staff, since it was the onset of Joy of giving weekfrom 2nd October- 8th October we tried to incorporate a selfless effort of seeking joy,by giving and making it a delightful experience for our little social workers.Their tiny footing never stopped……. It stepped ahead to celebrate the Joy of givingweek by the children who willingly contributed various things like- toys, books,shoes, clothes, crayons, food items and food grains. They went forward to places likeorphanage, slums, missionaries and remand homes. We also tried to bring a smile onthe faces of the children living on streets.