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India: Students Get Creative With Hunger And Poverty Slogans

A slogan-writing competition held between schools in Delhi and in the National Capital Region gave students a platform to express their hopes and fears about poverty and hunger in India and the rest of the world.

WFP hosted hundreds of students who came to receive awards as winners of an inter-school online slogan-writing competition organized by WFP  to commemorate World Food Day 2011. The former Secretary to the Government of India, Departments of Agriculture and Food, T Nanda Kumar, presided the awards ceremony.

The competition attracted entries from around 750 students ranging from classes six to eleven from 16 schools in Delhi and the National Capital Region. The competition was a part of WFP’s ongoing efforts to raise awareness on hunger and malnutrition among young people.

“The youth of today is more confident in taking on the world. Our country has progressed but we still have a large number of undernourished people. We need to be mindful of food wastage by those who can afford it so that there is more available for the poor,” says Kumar.  He adds that it was most impressive to see so many young students think and write about hunger and malnutrition.

“It is very encouraging to see the concern and compassion the younger generation has for people who are poor and undernourished,” says WFP India Representative and Country Director Mihoko Tamamura. “Through their slogans the students have not only reflected the difficulties that the poor of the world face, but have also explored solutions.

“India, with its immense resources, has what it takes to root out hunger and malnutrition. What we need is firm commitment and persistent efforts. We are confident that the participation of these students in this endeavour will pave the way for a greater civil society movement against poverty and hunger,” says Tamamura.

“Being a global leader in nourishing people, World Food Day every year presents an opportunity for Cargill to communicate to employees and community what we are doing to address food security. This year, World Food Day was observed across various Cargill locations with activities that focused on aspects of food security – access to affordable nutritious food and health services and awareness on food prices and food safety. The slogan writing for the school children is a drive towards generating awareness among a generation that has a critical role to play in ensuring a food secured world”, shares Ishteyaque Amjad, Director, Corporate Affairs, Cargill India.

The competition was divided into 3 categories: Group 1 (Classes 6&7), Group 2 (Classes 8&9) and Group 3 (Classes 10&11). Each category of slogans was judged by an independent expert. Winners received prizes including digital cameras, mp3 players and wristwatches during a ceremony at the UNDP auditorium in Lodhi Estate on Monday morning. All participants received a consolation prize and a certificate. The prizes were sponsored by WFP’s partner, Cargill India Private Limited.

During the prize giving event, students won on-the-spot prizes as they played Freerice, the online game that helps players make a donation to the hungry with every correct answer. 

Winning slogans included:
“Poverty and Hunger decline, India Shines” by Aashna Mahendru of Bal Bharti Public School, Class 7
“Feed a Child, Feed Yourself Happiness” by Vaibhav Jah of Ryan International School, Noida Class 8
“Make Poverty and Hunger History” by Srinivasan Srinidhan of Ryan International School, Noida Class 6

The winners were:
Group 1:

Aashna Mahendru, Bal Bharti Public School, Gangaram Hospital Road (1st)
Muskan Mehta, Bal Bharti Public School, Gangaram Hospital Road (2nd)
Avita Singh, Ryan International School, Noida (3rd)

 Group 2:

Pallavi, Salwan Public school, Rajinder Nagar (1st)
Vaibhav Jha, Ryan International School, Noida (2nd)
Kartik Srivastava, Ryan International School, Noida (3rd)

 Group 3:

Malvika, Ryan International School, Vasant Kunj (1st)
Pallavi Sagar, Tagore International School, Vasant Vihar (2nd)
Arpita Khandelwal, Cambridge School, Srinivaspuri (3rd)
Jatin Sharma, Ahlcon International School, Mayur Vihar (3rd)