It is amazing to hear what kids have to say about personal, social, political, environmental and global issues.us with They actually surprise us with their views .I share with you one such experience.The past 4 weekends at School has been times for better bonding, more critical thinking, better living and better citizenry.It was amazing to see the maturity , the seriousness, the language ,the poise and grace exhibited while putting forth their arguments and handling disagreements.
One such event was the annual Family Chef contest that we host each year. Eat Right and Keep Fit has been our slogan for good health for the past 3 years. Watching 525 students turning out theme based dishes and decorating their table was indeed a treat to the eyes. 275 boys enthusiastically churned tasty and innovative meals.
The event was a huge success with parents actively participating in the food-fest.
What added additional flavor and color to the Feast and Fest was the panel discussion on –Convenience foods becoming a way of life. The panelists included a nutritionist, dietician, a chef, a parent, a teacher and 3 students of Gr.X. It was interesting to know about how traditional foods prepared in rural areas and by our grandparents have now found its place back in our kitchens as health foods repackaged attractively.I was surprised that the experts too opined that convenience foods were not so bad at all,though it should not be used regularly since they are all processed.Being the Moderator,I had ample opportunities to provoke my student – panelists to react so as to cause a debate between tradition Vs modern . Not the ones to be provoked by the seniors, the youngsters held their ground that one needs to clear distinction between Convenience and Junk food. And, true to its very word “convenience “ ,The students added that they had to be used when we are hard-pressed for time and for the sake of convenience.It should be used judiciously The students touched on the need for family eating time, family cooking time, stress busters, differentiating between junk food and convenience foods, need for children to help mothers in the kitchen and how they made their Sundays special.
A few lessons from what the kids had to say that day :
Nothing is more important than Good health and Fitness .One gets more productive and effective at work only if we are physically fit . Mental fitness comes from doing a variety of activities that are creative and different.Children must
engage with their parents in activities in the kitchen , so as to appreciate the efforts of all those who cook for them .It also helps to bond better.Kids do eat a lot outside their homes , most of it may be junk food, worse still, at inappropriate times. which should be avoided . Convenience foods offer a way out ,since one can make the same at home oneself. The final word from the students –
” There is nothing to beat Dadima’s Dal -Chawal. ”
So , you know why I keep saying – It all about the roots.