Saint Paul, Minn. (March 5, 2011) – Nearly 500 middle and high school students, volunteer judges, educational leaders and community guests from around the Twin Cities convened at Macalester College March 5, to participate in World Affairs Challenge.
Hosted by global education non-profitWorld Savvy in partnership with Macalester College’s Institute for Global Citizenship, the theme was Food: Feeding the World Sustainability in the 21st Century. Students from 25 schools around the Twin Cities prepared comprehensive presentations with proposed solutions to issues as diverse as the environmental impact of food production to the impact of food prices on global hunger.
“Minnesota is home to over 80,000 farms,” said Dana Curran, executive director, World Savvy. “And while almost 27,000,000 million acres of land is used for agriculture, 1 in 10 people are going hungry in the Twin Cities.
“There is no question that food is a critical local issue here,” she added. “This year’s World Affairs Challenge presented a unique opportunity for students to study a global issue with significant local implications by exploring a variety of perspectives and working with their peers to develop creative local, national and global solutions.”
Students participated in four dynamic events. Leading up to the Challenge, students worked in groups to develop a creative presentation and a visual showcase of solutions.
Students also studied current affairs and world geography in preparation for a global knowledge quiz, and practiced their teamwork skills for a group problem-solving activity in which students are grouped with youth from other schools to solve a real-world scenario. On Challenge Day, these four activities – the presentation, the solutions showcase, the quiz and the problem solving scenario – gave youth diverse opportunities to present their findings and opinions as well as to be listened to and respected by their peers and adults who serve as observers and judges.
For a list of winners, please visit www.worldsavvy.org.