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MCIC provides food for thought

 Holly Bochurka

Students learn not only global issues, but important skills that assist them with the tools they need to do something about it.  This class attends a public relations workshop that teaches them how to speak in public.

Students learn not only global issues, but important skills that assist them with the tools they need to do something about it. This class attends a public relations workshop that teaches them how to speak in public.

Farmers are the people most likely to be hungry and impoverished was the big picture students took back to their schools after their 'Food For All' workshop with the Manitoba Council for International Cooperation (MCIC) on Feb. 28.

 “I found out that farmers (in other parts of the world) are the most likely people to be malnourished,” said Meghan Sholdice, a Warren grade seven student.

MCIC is an independent non-profit organization and coalition of over 40 Manitoba organizations involved in international development. MCIC also distributes provincial funds for international development, emergency relief and rehabilitation.

"I’ve learned that when there’s a drought, farmers get less crops and (they) make less money. They can’t afford things they need. I learned that fair trade is a group making sure farmers get fair money for their food. I didn’t know that before,” said Jaden Kochan, Fisher Branch grade seven student.

Twenty-two students from Evergreen, Interlake and Lakeshore school divisions converged at the New Iceland Heritage Museum to partake in MCIC workshops that ranged from learning about food safety and distribution to public relations and film making.

“In the afternoon we taught creative aspects of film so the (students) can express what they learned to other people,” said Madison Thomas, Independent Film Maker.

Besides film making and learning about planning and promoting, additional creative workshops include theatre, digital photography and silk screening activities in order provide the students with outlets to communicate their message.

The Gimli conference is the fifth so far in a series of six that will be held until March of this year. MCIC’s Generating Momentum for Our World Middle Years Conferences’ goal for Manitoba students is for them to learn about and understand global issues through simulations, activities and workshops. Students are then prepared to take action back at their schools and communities. 


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