Our lesson today centred on Food Security. Food security is ensuring everyone has equal access to food. You can learn more about food security and what we learnt here.
We began by doing a quiz from Caritas Australia around who has access to food. A few things in this quiz surprised us especially the fact that we grow enough food to feed the world's population... they just are unable to access it for a variety of reasons.
We did an activity where we imagined we were a family living below the poverty line. We had $20 to prepare our food for the week. We used the Coles pamphlets to budget. It was hard and the food we had in the end wasn't fresh or nutritious. Further to this there was not a lot of beef on the menu. In fact the only beef could be found in the canned chunky soup. We talked about the fairness of this. Why don't people have access to beef?
Although we talk about this over on our food security page, we discovered that Australians ate the most meat in the world while developing countries had very little access. Don't believe us? Check out the Business Insider article found here. We looked at pictures from families all over the world by photographer Peter Menzel. This opened up a lot of discussion over lunch about equality. We will continue to look at food security next lesson.
As it was refugee week we sat down to a lunch built of rations from a Syrian refugee.Our teacher was completing the Act for Peace ration challenge all week and so we could join her in experiencing what it was like. Our lunch was made from flour, water, chickpeas, red kidney, lentils and rice. We were also lucky to have some black tea. This helped us understand that there are people in the world even worse off then us. We talked about feeling sad and angry about food security. Why can't refugees have access to beef? We are going to explore the inequality in the world further.
The amazing students from The Lakes College, Youth Off The Streets