For schools

tharunam in Telangana, India is offering customized food literacy training programs in the schools where food as a medium for social change and this curriculum is known as ‘food for social change‘ model.

Presently, we are conducting intensive food literacy training programs in low income based schools in Telangana state, India. It is a six days program with the total time period of 20 hours and students will gain knowledge about environmental education and sustainable food production techniques.

What is important is an Individual empowerment of students about their healthy food choices and its production techniques.

The outline of our curriculum is

Day 1: Introduction

The first day starts with the introduction of the participants, catalyst and program. During this day, participants will analyze contemporary ecological problems through problem tree and  assess needs through objective tree. These two are important sessions to understand the importance food literacy skill in real life.

Day 2: Know about your soil?

The second day is dedicated to know about soil because Soil is an important resource of food. In contemporary world, there are critical problems associated with soil, so knowing about it is very important. Participants will get following skills about their soil.

– What is soil? How does it formed? Different layers of soil-Importance of top soil

– Concept of waste and its consequences on top soil

– Different types of soil and suitable crops

– Soil erosion, Degradation and Preventive measures.

Day 3: Soil Health Management techniques

During third day, participants will gain knowledge about natural soil health management techniques like preparing compost, mulching and preparing manures (Solid and Liquid)

Day 4: Utilization of Natural resources

Proper utilization of natural resources can achieve sustainable development. Land, Water and Sun light are the important resources for food production. So, the following skills to be covered for better use of these resources.

– Crop companion for proper utilization of natural resources

– Micro irrigation techniques

– Indigenous seed development

– Developing seedlings

Day 5: Plant health management

Plant health management is also one of the important factors to consider for food security. Because of the pest attacks, pesticide usage is increasing more and causing air, water and soil pollution. But, if we can understand the food chain and food web properly, we can either prevent or control pest attacks. On day 5, participants will get knowledge about

– Why pest attacks? Understanding food chain and food web.

– Preventing and controlling techniques of pest

Day 6: Setting up seed bank in the school

We are envisioning to setup seed banks in every school where diversity of the seeds can be preserved for future generations. The six days of training program will complete 6th day, and participants will get the following skill set

– Sowing seeds

– Natural Seed treatment methods

– Preserving seeds through seed bank

It is a one week program where we are empowering students to use food as a medium for environmental education and sustainable food production techniques which are some of the essential skills to have in 21st century.

Age Group: 9-14 yrs

 

We are developing different models where food as medium to address different social problems.

Our other models are

ii) Food literacy for Agro Innovation

iii) Food literacy for Nutritional education

 

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If you are interested and want to conduct these training programs in your school, please reach us through founder@tharunam.org