MONTREAL, MAY 2, 2012 – Students from Columbus International High School in Ohio will visit with their counterparts at Marymount Academy (5100 Cote St. Luc Road) in NDG on Thursday, May 10 (8:45 a.m. to 3 p.m.) to share in discussions regarding world hunger and famine.
This is all being done in conjunction with the local organization Action Contre La Faim (ACF). Plans call for a malnutrition workshop with the students, with a speaker from ACF who has been working in the field. This will include a hands-on segment about how to assess for malnutrition, as well as tasting the product for malnourished children; and wrestling with difficult issues such as when only one child in a family is malnourished, but the others are still undernourished, and how to meet all of the children's needs. Another segment will deal with how ACF communicates across language barriers, using pictures and showing/demonstrating this to the students. Finally, ACFs holistic approach to tackling hunger issues will be featured by focusing on economic development and empowerment.
Ramin Khodaie, the coordinator of the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program (IBMYP) at Marymount, emphasizes that this exciting opportunity is part of the school’s growing agenda in terms of making global connections. Representatives from ACF have already undertaken a training and sensitization program to prepare the students for the May 10 event.