The Croatian Consumer Protection Association presented the project “Moj svijet hrane budućnosti”, funded by the Ministry of Science and Education, at a press conference in Sisak on Friday, January 28, 2022.
The project will be implemented in the elementary school Viktorovac in Sisak, which is also a partner in the project.
Partners are also the Administrative Department for Education, Culture, Sports, Veterans and Civil Society of the City of Sisak, RED FORK – a company for research and development in biotechnology, the association “Đeram” from Petrinja which preserves traditional village culture and “Probion” – association of students from the Faculty of Food Technology and Biotechnology in Zagreb.
The project is implemented through non-institutional education of students from 5th to 8th grade through interactive workshops, involving student volunteers and the transfer of knowledge in the field of nutrition and environmental protection.
Activities include workshops for students that will be conducted from March to June 2022 through lectures and presentations, screenings of short films and illustrations, and demonstrations of specific activities.
The goal of the project is to introduce high school students to a healthy diet and healthy lifestyle, reduction of food waste and its disposal, useful and empty calories, reading declarations, online shopping and the dangers of aggressive marketing of food and beverages. The association “Đeram” will show the students how food used to be prepared and stored, without a refrigerator and without food waste.
After the training, a round table will be held with representatives of the city of Sisak, where the results of the project will be presented and the possibilities of connecting civic education with such and similar content will be discussed.
The project will end with a conference where students, teachers, parents and the media will be shown the course and results of the project.
Expected results of the project should educate both students and parents on sustainable healthy living, more rational use of food and water, reduction of unhealthy food and drink consumption, reduction of food waste and better environmental protection, as well as raising awareness of city authorities about the need to finance projects. contribute to improving the quality of health and life of young people, as well as environmental protection and sustainable development.
The Croatian Consumer Protection Association has decided on this topic to get involved in activities to reduce childhood obesity, students are young consumers whose changed habits can affect what their world of food will be in the future – using healthy foods that are locally produced, not transported are far from generating large amounts of CO2, which Croatia must reduce, as one of the EU’s goals.
The green economy, recycling and zeroing by 2050 are the EU’s goals in which this generation of students will be very active, and we hope that this project will create the basic conditions for their participation.