The aim of the GFS Spotlight Award was to deliver a range of interactive workshops spanning the food system to year 4 to year 6 students in eight different schools, culminating in an interschool competition. The workshops covered different aspects of the global food security challenge, including food waste reduction, insect pollinators, diet choices and climate change. In the weeks following the workshop the students translated their knowledge of the food security challenge into 10-minute presentations, which they presented to an audience and two judges on 20 June 2018.
The students’ presentations were highly entertaining and creative, including song, role-play, dance, humour and lots of artwork. The presentations were judged by their content, the delivery and the students’ ability to answer the questions. The competition was very close, however Peatmoor Community Primary School was awarded first prize for their excellent presentation on the importance of bees in ensuring future food supplies. The students practiced what they preached; after the workshop they had planted a bee-friendly school garden, built bug hotels and created a bee computer game.
The prize for winning the GFS Spotlight Award is a trip to London to visit Parliament, where they will meet their local MP Robert Buckland to deliver their presentation and discuss the issue further.