Slow Food and educational projects
An very important part of the work that is carried out by Slow Food across the globe is to create and promote educational projects with schools and colleges in countries where Slow Food has a presence and in this country Slow Food in London has been very successful in setting up and supporting projects in schools in many London boroughs.
Slow Food Anglia have been in contact with a small number of schools in the past year and have found all of them interested in taking part in projects where we can teach students about current food issues as well as the importance of diet and good, healthy sustainably produced local food.
As part of this initiative we are now looking at setting up educational visits with Italian schools and colleges after being contacted by the Slow Food group in the Marche region of Italy who are interested in working with us on organising joint reciprocal visits between our countries.
Slow Food Anglia was twinned with Slow Food Marche and Slow food Sicily in 2015 and also started to work closely with Slow Food Malta in 2016 so we had already explored ways to develop our ties before the project was mentioned earlier this year.
We had been interested in setting up educational projects in East Anglia as part of our work in Norfolk, Cambridgeshire and Suffolk since we had been involved with events at the University of East Anglia and Cambridge.
When we were approached by Italian Slow Food groups we thought that working with them on their exciting project would be of great benefit to schools and colleges across our region and we hope to have the outline for the visits prepared by the early autumn 2017.
There will be full details about these exciting projects later this year and we hope that we can engage with schools in our region to take part, with the Italians now being very pleased to cooperate with us and to help move the project forward quickly.