Youth educators invited to Foodgrains Bank tour

Application deadline is May 15

The Canadian Foodgrains Bank is inviting youth educators to apply to join a tour to Uganda in August.

Tour participants will meet people who have experienced hunger first hand, learn about the root causes and impacts of hunger, and learn about efforts to respond to the different kinds of hunger.

“Our goal is to provide Canadian teachers with rich first-hand learning experiences in Uganda they can bring back with them to their classrooms and students,” said Roberta Gramlich, Foodgrains Bank youth engagement co-ordinator.

“Global hunger is an issue that’s distant for most Canadians. Allowing teachers to interact and actually meet and spend time with people who have experienced hunger helps to bridge those two worlds.”

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Topics to be explored include food security, humanitarian assistance, Canada’s role in the world, international development, and global citizenship.

“Teachers who have gone on previous tours have told us they know they will draw on what they used for the rest of their careers,” said Gramlich.

Anyone who is an educator of children, youth, or young adults is welcome to apply for the tour. This includes, but is not limited to, school teachers, 4-H leaders, and youth pastors.

The cost of the tour — tentatively set for Aug. 2-17 — will be about $2,000 (including airfare and all in-country costs) and there is some financial support available.

The application deadline is May 15. For more information, go to the Canadian Foodgrains Bank website or call Roberta Gramlich at 1-800-665-0377.

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