Mayaro Secondary School wins Food Safety Competition
October 28, 2015: As part of the World Health Day celebrations in Trinidad and Tobago, PAHO/WHO, the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Health and the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) conducted a “How safe is your food?” school challenge competition in secondary schools. The contest was launched on World Health Day in April and conducted in schools as part of the Technology Education and Food and Nutrition curriculum, until the end of June. Students were required to work in teams of four to six to identify a food concern in their school and design and deliver a student awareness campaign to address the problem, using a mix of innovative methods including new media and technology.
An evaluation committee from PAHO, the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Health and CARPHA assessed the student presentations and selected the top three projects.The top three schools were Mayaro Secondary School, ASJA Girls’ College, San Fernando and San Fernando East Secondary School.
Projects included surveys, production of videos, setting up Facebook pages, blogs and even composing songs, to get the food safety message across to the peers and teachers. The Prize Giving Ceremony was held on October 16, 2015, at the University of Trinidad and Tobago Campus in Valsayn as part of the World Food Day celebrations. The Mayaro Secondary School emerged as the winner of the competition. ASJA Girls’ College, San Fernando copped the second prize and the third place went to San Fernando East Secondary School.
PAHO/WHO, the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Health and CARPHA congratulate the top three teams and express their gratitude to all the students who took part in the competition and to their teachers and principals who supported the initiative.
Sponsors for the competition included Microsoft Trinidad and Tobago, B Mobile and Arawak and Co. Limited.
Caption: Students of the Mayaro Secondary School with members of the organising committee of the “How safe is your food?” school challenge competition. (Photo courtesy the Ministry of Health)
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