FAO collaborates with Sabri Ülker Foundation on educating children in pre-school and primary schools on reducing food waste at home.
18 January 2021, Ankara, Turkey – The majority of food waste still occurs at the household level, making it imperative for the consumer households to be informed and change their behavior. To help drive this process, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in collaboration with the Sabri Ülker Foundation, will distribute “Do Good: Save Food!” series of teaching manuals to over 6 million students, teachers and parents in 20 cities across Turkey via the Foundation’s “Balanced Nutrition Education Project”.
Since 2011, the Sabri Ülker Foundation has been working with the Directorate General of Basic Education of the Ministry of National Education on the “Balanced Nutrition Education Project”. The project helps pre-school and primary school children learn about the amount of food they need to eat, understand the significance of physical activity, embrace basic hygiene rules for a healthier life and recognise the benefits of drinking water. Students also learn the rules of balanced nutrition through creative games and entertaining activities.
This year, the project adds a new module on food literacy with a focus on food waste and balanced nutrition. The module includes an array of scientific information and educational materials exploring the value of food along its journey from farm to fork, as well as explaining social, economic and environmental impacts related to wasting food and the actions that students can take to prevent food waste. At the end of the project, the children will have a better understanding about healthier, balanced and more sustainable nutrition.
“We need to invest in youth now to shape the future of food waste”
Emphasizing the valued contributions of the Sabri Ülker Foundation in teaching food literacy habits in children at an early age, FAO Assistant Representative Ayşegül Selışık emphasized that all of us can create a positive and sustainable change in the culture of food consumption by investing in the education of children and young people.
Sabri Ülker Foundation’s General Manager Begüm Mütüş, highlighted the significance of their collaboration with FAO:
“Promoting food literacy across society is vital in terms of improving and sustaining healthy nutrition and nutrition choice. We aim to reach as many children as we can.”