How schools can help save the world

As schools reopen across the country, they could pull a page out of the ‘greatest generation’ lesson plan – and help save the world.

In 1946, a year after the end of the Second World War, Europe and Asia were still reeling from the ravages of this conflict. War always leads to food shortages, and millions of people in countries torn by the world’s biggest war were headed for starvation as famine loomed.

President Harry Truman has called on all Americans to help avert global starvation. The president said in a radio address in April 1946: “Now we cannot ignore the cry of starving children. We will certainly not turn our backs on the millions of human beings who are only asking for a crust of bread. America’s warm heart will respond to the greatest threat of mass starvation in human history.

Schools across the country have been part of this heroic response. Baltimore schools collected donations to fight famine. Schools in Maryland held a “food board for peace” essay contest; students wrote about the importance of feeding the world’s hungry.

The Washington Post reported that contest winner David Shafferman of Coral Hills, Maryland wrote, “It’s American to share. Certainly, as a nation that has become a leader, we should share our food with other hungry countries.

In Chicago, public schools were a collection point for overseas relief food donations. The Tribune reported that students at Oak Park and River Forest High School raised $2,400 worth of food to feed children in Europe.

Students of the greatest generation have contributed to the effort to save hundreds of millions of lives worldwide from starvation.

Today we face the greatest hunger crisis since the end of World War II. Conflict, climate change and the pandemic led to an increase in hunger earlier this year, and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has only worsened the hunger crisis, with more of people who now need help.

According to the United Nations World Food Programme, “The number of people facing acute food insecurity has soared – from 135 million to 345 million – since 2019. A total of 50 million people in 45 countries are on the edge of the brink. famine”.

Children are starving in civil war-torn Yemen. East African families walk for days in hopes of finding food in the drought-ravaged countries of Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya. The Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Central African Republic, Syria, South Sudan and many other countries suffer from severe hunger.

Students can organize events such as basketball free-throw contests, races or raffles to raise funds and awareness in the fight against world hunger. Students can use the Charity Miles app to raise funds for the World Food Program, Save the Children, Feeding America, and UNICEF. They can write letters to Congress and the President about the importance of feeding the hungry.

The FreeRice online quiz is a great resource for students to learn and take action against hunger.

Every correct answer while playing FreeRice leads to a donation to the World Food Program by the game’s sponsors.

Schools could even create FreeRice teams and organize matches. Colleges, including several schools in Texas, have created FreeRice teams and held tournaments.

This school year can be the year of being a global citizen and saving lives from starvation.

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