Simple steps like taking care not to waste food to mega plans like an online platform to compile data on excess food — ideas big and small were exchanged among students of 10 city schools at a programme hosted by the American Center and the Calcutta chapter of Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) Young Indians recently.
The students were given an hour and a half to prepare a 90-second presentation on Think, Eat, Save.
Shri Shikshayatan girls focussed on wastage at weddings and other ceremonies. “For instance, a lot of milk is wasted in the name of worship. By reducing such wastage, we could provide meals to many who go hungry,” said Sayani Das Ghosh, a Class X student.
Frank Anthony Public School students suggested setting up an online portal and installing computerised kiosks at major markets in the city to compile data on leftover food. The presentation titled Meal for Survival won the boys the third prize.
While Shri Shikshayatan School bagged the second prize, the top honour went to Modern High School for Girls for a project similar to one initiated by two students of the school.
“Our presentation was called Yellow Bus Project. It was similar to Food Rescue- Project Yuva that we are already working on,” said Shivantika Rungta, who along with her schoolmate Sakhi Singhi has been collecting excess food from restaurants and confectioneries in the city and taking it to an orphanage every week.
Pratt Memorial School students, too, impressed with their message that many lives can be saved by saving food. “Our theme was Taste it, Don’t Waste it,” one of the students said. “All that our students presented today is entirely their effort,” said their teacher, Priscilla Dawn Kerr.
Among the other schools that took part were Lakshmipat Singhania Academy and The Heritage School.
The deputy director of American Center, Rachel Sunden, was happy with the students’ enthusiasm.
“We love to organise programmes for kids. They are very enthusiastic, especially when it comes to topics related to the environment. These children are the future change makers of the world. They come up with great ideas to save the environment and pass these ideas on to their friends, family and community and this in turn helps bring about change.”
Each of the winning students was given a potted plant along with other prizes.