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Understanding Goal 2: Zero Hunger



The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG's) guide global cooperation in solving the urgent social, economic and environmental problems of the 21st Century.  This animated video introduces young students to the goal of "Zero Hunger" (SDG 2) by describing the causes and consequences of malnutrition.  Pupils also learn that hunger has many forms, including an unhealthy diet resulting from limited access to a diversity of food choices in poorer communities.  Watching this film teaches students that with innovative food sources, poverty reduction and less waste there can be enough global food supply to ensure nobody ever has to endure the pain of extreme hunger.

General Assessment

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This video supports Grade K-4 Social Studies curriculum exploring the relationship between food insecurity and quality of life in regions of the world impacted by poverty.  Content related to the connections between healthy eating, physical and mental health can also be used to enhance discussions about nutrition and balanced diets.

The learning experience could be extended to an action project centred on food waste at home and school.  Students could conduct a food waste audit in the cafeteria and use the information to develop reduction strategies such as a donation table for intact, edible food or establishing a compost program.

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Themes Addressed

Food & Agriculture (1)

  • Food Security

Human Health & Environment (1)

  • Hunger and Malnutrition

Human Rights (1)

  • Poverty