On 12 December, after many months of mobilization, the São Paulo City Hall awarded six school of the municipality with Education Beyond the Plate Award. Organized by the Department of School Feeding of the Municipal Secretariat of Education, the award aimed at recognizing the role of school cooks and mobilized the school community around healthy food.
All schools in the municipality were invited to present their projects to mobilize students, teachers, employees, and parents, and an innovative recipe based on the use of fruits and vegetables. The award had two categories: hot dishes and cold dishes. A total of 300 schools presented projects, including three indigenous schools. After the analysis of the mobilization processes and the recipes, 26 finalists were selected, two from each of the 13 regions of the city.
The Centre of Excellence against Hunger partnered with São Paulo municipality to realize this award to carry out the award and offer the winners a trip to participate in an international seminar on school feeding in a country in Africa. The winners in the categories hot dish and cold dish will have the opportunity to share their initiatives with other countries and to get to know other school feeding experiences. Schools that were second place in each category will attend a study visit organized by the Centre in Brazil.
The 26 finalists’ recipes will be part of a book of school meal recipes and will enter the official menu of the municipality. All schools classified from first to third place in both categories will win a renovation project for the creation of a space for school feeding and health.
Erika Fischer, director of the Department of School Feeding, said during the ceremony that “this initiative promotes the union among actors of the educational community that are not always together: students, families, teachers, and school cooks”. She also highlighted that all 26 finalists school cooks participated in a course of gastronomic techniques, offered by the National Commerce Social Service, one of the most traditional cooking schools in Brazil.
Exchange of experiences
The mayor of São Paulo, Fernando Haddad, attended the award ceremony along with representatives of the 26 finalist schools. In his speech, the mayor talked about the importance of school feeding: “everyday Brazil feeds 43 million students at school. Every student in Brazil receives school feeding, and this is a very recent accomplishment in our country”. Referring to the director of the Centre of Excellence against Hunger, Daniel Balaban, Haddad also said: “the impact of it is so positive that the UN invited the former president of the National Fund for the Development of Education to take our social technology to the rest of the world.”
O designer do troféu do prêmio Augusto Miranda e sua mãe, Ana Miranda.
Photo: WFP/Isadora Ferreira
The first-lady of São Paulo, Ana Estela Haddad, coordinator of an initiative to improve wellbeing of children in the municipality, and the municipal secretary of Education, César Callegari, also attended the event. Callegari said that “taking the school cooks to an international trip to help countries that still need to advance in assuring quality food for everyone is the best tribute we can pay to them”.
The São Paulo City Hall invited two local designers to prepare the award trophies, big plates decorated with beautiful illustrations. André Gola and Augusto Miranda prepared three different drawings each, for the first, second, and third places in the two award categories. During the award ceremony, Augusto Miranda told that when he received the invitation to illustrate the plates he didn’t hesitate: “in one way or the other, all of my family worked in the field of education, but my true inspiration was my mom, who used to be a school cook”. Obviously, Ana Miranda, mother of Augusto, was also at the award ceremony to see her son shines.