As part of the Small Change Big Difference
campaign Groundwork London have been working with WRAP and LWARB (London Waste and Recycling Board) to deliver a series of interactive food waste workshops to Key Stage 2 pupils, in 24 schools, across 8 London boroughs.
We curated an award-winning education programme
where pupils learnt how to get creative with leftovers, what foods are good for them and good for the planet as well as how to recycle food for compost. All with the aim of encouraging healthy and sustainable eating and preventing and reducing food waste.
The programme used a model of co-production, where activities were designed and led by the pupils, creating ownership and a sustainable longer-term impact. Pupil-led campaigns included using cycle power to turn surplus fruit into smoothies with a smoothie bike, then sharing delicious smoothies with parents and pupils; to crowdsourcing their own leftovers recipe book, with recipes from parents and the wider school community. We've even had schools create their own food waste rap.
Not only does it tie in with the national curriculum, it also gives the opportunity for children and adults alike to not only raise the self-awareness around the issue of food waste but also the sustainability of our environment for the future Nightingale Primary Teacher
…the children have been really inspired… I’ve already spoken to parents who have said [their children are] eating things they wouldn’t before, who are trying recipes...encouraging their parents to try recipes and using up that waste. A couple of other parents have said that when they eat they leave nothing. So what I hope is that we start to make that change and that disseminates through school from our older children to our younger. Assistant Head Responsible for Teaching and Learning at Thornhill Primary School
We have now finished the Small Change Big Difference Schools pilot programme in London and the campaign will be replicated in other European cities such as Barcelona, Brussels, Dublin and Milan.
The resources and lesson plans will be made available for all schools and teachers to download later on this year, so watch this space.
Take a look at what we've been up to in the video below:
Small Change Big Difference is funded by the Life programme of the European Commision.