Challenge 20/20 Schools & The Race Against Hunger Team Up to Fight Malnutrition
The 4th annual Race Against Hunger has officially begun with a wide range of schools participating from across the country. Of the 64 schools enrolled, two are involved in the Challenge 20/20—an educational program launched by the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) in 2005.
The 20/20 Challenge connects schools in the United States with schools in other countries to identify a global issue and implement an action plan to tackle that issue. By linking schools around the world, the 20/20 Challenge builds inter-cultural relationships and promotes collaborative approaches to some of the world’s most pressing issues.
This year, The San Francisco Day School in California, The Holland School in New Jersey and the Instituto Alexander Von Humboldt in Colombia came together for the 20/20 Challenge and chose global hunger as their focus issue. As a past participant of the Race, The San Francisco Day School saw the campaign as a great way to educate students about hunger issues around the world and to encourage the kids to be a part of the solution to end hunger by participating in a fun-run event. Collaboratively, students from all three schools will expand their knowledge of hunger issues while becoming active global citizens.
"The Challenge 20/20 problem we are working on is ‘Massive step up against poverty’. We thought that it would be something all three schools could do together. Our partner school in Colombia has decided to participate in the Race and donate the funds raised to local residents that have been affected by the flood." —Christine McWilliams, Race Coordinator at The Holland School
Together, the Challenge 20/20 and the Race Against Hunger will provide students with the resources to learn about global poverty while becoming part of the solution to end the hunger epidemic.
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Facts about Hunger
925 million people suffer from hunger and malnutrition around the world.
Malnutrition affects 32.5% of children in developing countries.
1 out of every 6 infants are born with low birth weight due to undernutrition among pregnant women in developing countries.
1 out of every 3 people in developing countries are affected by vitamin and mineral deficiencies.
Hunger is number one on the list of the world's top 10 health risks. It kills more people every year than AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis combined.