Thirteen educators and five students aged 12 to 14 recently travelled to Prague in the Czech Republic to represent local eco-schools in the ‘Menu for Change International Forum: Let’s Regenerate the Earth with Heads, Hearts and Hands’. The forum formed part of the Development Education and Awareness Raising (Dear) project entitled ‘We Eat Responsibly’.

During the event, which was attended by 138 participants from 15 countries, the representatives from each country presented and discussed the various projects and ideas that the eco-school committees had come up with and successfully carried out during the three-year project.

Among the various ideas presented by the Maltese delegates were the benefits of carob syrup, which is low in sugar and the use of carob powder instead of cocoa to make cakes. They also spoke about the teacher workshops on the Sustainable Development Goals and shared the expert advice from the Malta Organic Agricultural Movement (MOAM) about growing organic food.

A total of 49 Maltese schools benefitted from €28,500 of support funding throughout the project’s three-year cycle. We Eat Responsibly’s overall aim was to encourage sustainable food consumption, especially food that is fresh, local, seasonal and organic, while looking at the global perspective and creating awareness about food wastage, growing one’s own food, the use of palm oil in food products, fair trade products, and the processing, packaging and transport of food.

Although the project has come to an end, work on the themes of responsible food production and consumption will be continued in the schools through the Eco-Schools programme.

The coordination of the We Eat Responsibly project in Malta was managed by Cynthia Caruana within the Eco-Schools programme, which is managed locally by Nature Trust-FEE Malta. For further details visit the websites below.


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