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Long Life Learning is the key. For that reason, Food Security Education Center has formed four (4) education programs which are designed to educate not only children and young people, but adults as well.

 

How can they achieve that?

By giving them a new perspective of the problem and of the steps they could be making towards small, positive changes that could lead to a solution. You see, as unities, people may not be able to give the solution, but they can make a difference. When that difference is made by many people, then the change shall come.



So, where do we start from?

We start from helping people understand the environmental and social realities – not only the present ones, but also those of the future. Our goal is to empower the citizens and lead them towards a responsible way of thinking and acting.

 

This, will help them adapt and respond to future challenges. But what are these challenges? The truth is that we are facing many challenges, but we will focus on this one: Food Security.

 

No, it is not just about food. It's about Climate Change as well. It's about Global Warming, Water Scarcity, Environmental Degradation, Biodiversity Loss and -yes!- Hunger. All these terms are hidden behind these two words and we are willing to bring them out into the light and to help people understand how all these are related. Education is the key to achieve that. Education in and outside of the classroom. And for that reason, we call forth all of the three main types of education: Formal, Informal and Non-formal.

  • Formal education usually takes place at school. There, a person may learn basic or academic skills and properly organize information based on facts.

  • Informal education can take place outside the classroom. At a public or private institution, at home, at a maternity house or in any other public place. It mainly consists of experiences and actually living in the family or community.

  • Non-formal education should be programmed to serve the needs of the identified group. This will necessitate flexibility not only as far as the place where the programs are presented, but also as far as the way through which they are presented.

 

As far as Food Security Center is concerned, education and particularly long-life learning is the key for change. For that reason, Food Security Center has formed four (4) education programs which are designed to educate not only children and young people, but adults as well. 

These are the following:

Food Defenders | How does the way we choose and... treat our food affects the planet? We have to stop (food)wasting our time! Every choice we make as far as our food is concerned is connected to our planet in many ways that we cannot possibly understand, unless... someone talks to us about it! Read more, here.

Smart Eaters | You will be surprised of the impact you can make for the planet starting from your... plate. The major step? Improving your diet. This education program, aims to introduce people to a more sustainable way of eating. Sustainable, not only towards the environment, but also as far as their health is concerned. Read more, here.

Eco Farmers | Agroecology and other smart and green solutions have made farmimg more... trendy (and essential) than ever. Farming is not easy. But there are thousands of reasons for which it is worth being a farmer. No, not a conventional one, but a super farmer in... green! Farming can make people stronger, independent and healthier. Read more, here.

Water Saviors | You don't consume water just by drinking it. Chances are that you may actually be... eating a significant part of it. People believe that water is a renewable resource. Yet, we shouldn't be taking it for granted and -most of all- we shouldn't waste it. How should people who have access to water be treating it and what can people -with limited access to it- do in order to preserve it? Read more, here.

5 Steps

to Lifelong Learning

Stimulate Knowledge

Not only at school but… everywhere! At home, at the park, at the playground, out in the fields! Nature is all over us and can teach kids (and adults as well) numerous things about life, environment and -of course- food!

1.

Avoid Coercion

Yes. Coersion rhymes with education, but they do not get along so well.  We just focus on encouraging kids to embrace learning activities though our everyday lives, i.e. while we cook, eat, walk, or play with each other.

2.

Embrace School

When we talk about education, school community is what comes to our mind. Every child has the right to education. That is a fact, but it is not  taken for granted.

3.

Invest in playtime

Through playtime, kids have many things to learn: Ingenuity, democracy and collaboration are just three of them, but they are so important. And -by the way- let’s not forget – they are just kids! They are…supposed to play!

4.

Get (some) Sources

The truth is that not all people have access to the internet. Nor to libraries filled with books. But they have access to other people. They have access to long talks, stories and a million of other things that could enhance curiosity and imagination. 

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