Students to Deal with Mock Global Foods Crisis

By Brian Schultz

World Vision Students
Students learn how global inequalities persist through global simulation game (CNW GROUP / WORLD VISION CANADA)

About 200 Winnipeg area students are participating in a World Vision event today meant to encourage leadership and build awareness of how young Canadians can help fight poverty.

Activate is being held at Booth University College, which students will transform into a world trading pit. Using their smartphones, students will track global food prices, and watch how natural disasters, volatile political situations and skyrocketing food costs converge to quickly plunge the world into “haves” and “have-nots.”

At the same time, students will become advocates in this year’s 30 Hour Famine.

“We’re so excited to bring this event to Canadian students,” said Cindy Mielke, World Vision’s youth and student campaigns manager. “We’re confident that Activate will enhance their passion for social justice through education on the real issues of hunger in a very tangible way.”

Youth participants will hear from dynamic speakers, see multimedia presentations, and participate in peer-to-peer learning and workshops.