WHAT DID WE LEARN IN THE PROGRAM?
UNIT 1: INTRODUCTION
The program started with the introduction to Global Scholars.
We were oriented to Global Scholars and the e-classroom and learned how to communicate with peers across cultures, share video projects about what it means to be a Global Scholar. Then, we wrote our first discussion posts to introduce ourselves, and shared traditional recipes and foods that represent our city.
UNIT 2: NOURISHING OURSELVES AND OUR CITIES
This was followed by ‘Nourishing Ourselves and Our Cities’, the next unit of coverage. We explored the basic principles of nutrition and investigated the health impact of processed foods and sugar. We discovered that a can (300ml) of coke contains 8 cubes of sugar which poses a health hazard.
Also, we learned how issues such as obesity and access to healthy food affect public health, and what cities can do. Furthermore, we developed our skills in media literacy by analyzing how advertisements and social media influence what we eat. A whole school assembly was organized to educate pupils of Galliard about the dangers and negative effects of unhealthy food on our health.
UNIT 3: GROWING THE FOOD WE NEED
Next, we learned about the global system that produces our fruit, vegetables, grains, meat and seafood; and considered how climate change impacts our food supply. This study helped us to develop our critical thinking skills as we analysed whether innovations such as underwater farming (Vertical Farm) and biotechnology (Greenhouse Farm) make our food system more sustainable. At the end of this unit, we modeled a 3-D innovative Vertical farm method using recycled materials. We chose this method because we felt Vertical farming method is best suited for our city. Also, we have started growing our own crops to support this cause.
UNIT 4: DELIVERING FOOD TO THE WORLD
Through our research, we learn how food gets from the farm to our plates through a network of global food-supply chains. This gave us an opportunity to interview supermarket managers about how geography, transportation, and current events such as war affect food availability. We discussed creative solutions to food waste and learn about organisations working to ensure food for all.
UNIT 5: COMMUNITY ACTION PROJECT
Since this was the last unit of study, it gave us the opportunity to reflect on what we have learned about nutrition and food security and decided to design a project that addresses one of these topics. Together, we organized an enterprise to help raise funds and food items to support our local community. It was a huge success because the whole school was involved, and this gave us a sense of responsibility and fulfillment of our desires to support a good cause; the opportunity to create awareness of food shortage, food waste and how to support the needy in our community.