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Students work toward “Food For All”

Released on February 12th 2013

After a successful International Development Week (February 3-9, 2013), during which Food Security issues grabbed headlines, the Manitoba Council for International Cooperation (MCIC) will bring its annual Generating Momentum for Our World: Food For All Middle Years Conference to Minnedosa on Wednesday, February 13, 2013. Sixty students from eleven schools in the Beautiful Plains, Park West, Pine Creek, Rolling River and Turtle River school divisions will be attending a one-day conference at the Minnedosa Community Conference Centre to explore issues around Food Security in our world.

The purpose of the conference is for students to investigate ways that we can work together to improve access to food for every person in our world now, and in the future. Through a series of simulation games, circuit sessions and workshops, students will discover answers to important questions such as: What is hunger? Who is hungry? What is the impact of hunger on people’s lives? What are the causes of hunger? What can we do to address global hunger?

Middle years students from Alonsa School, Brookdale Elementary School, Douglas Elementary, Forrest Elementary, Gladstone Elementary School, Neepawa Area Collegiate, Onanole Elementary School, Plumas Elementary School, Rossburn Elementary School, Shoal Lake School and Tanner’s Crossing School will be attending the conference. The Minnedosa conference is the fourth in a series of six that will be held throughout Manitoba from November 2012 to March 2013.

MCIC’s Generating Momentum for Our World: Food For All Middle Years Conference Minnedosa Community Conference Centre, 65 Main Street North, Minnedosa February 13, 2013, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

The morning session will include an opening plenary and circuit sessions on public speaking, planning and promoting and a hands-on session where students will consider where the ingredients for their food comes from. In the afternoon, students will participate in creative workshops on theatre, digital photography, silk screening and video making. Media are encouraged to stop by around 9:30am for photo opportunities.

“MCIC appreciates the financial support we receive from the Government of Canada through the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) which assists us in organizing these conferences” says Janice Hamilton, Executive Director of MCIC. “I am always amazed to hear about the follow-up events the students organize when they return to their schools and communities.”

For more information contact: Janice Hamilton, Executive Director, Manitoba Council for International Cooperation Phone: (204) 987-6420 Cell: (204) 795-2914 Email:
Tyler Morden, Youth Engagement Coordinator, Manitoba Council for International Cooperation Phone: (204) 987-6420 Cell: (204) 894-5707 Email:
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