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WFP Awards School Students for Innovative Ideas to Fight Hunger

Bhopal: The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) on Monday awarded school students for writing essays about innovative strategies to fight hunger in India, said an official release.

WFP had conducted the essay-writing competition to mark the World Food Day.

The competition, which was aimed at promoting broader understanding about hunger and malnutrition among students, attracted submissions from nearly 229 students of grade nine to twelve from eight schools of Bhopal region, said release.

Giving away prizes, Matthew Mcilvenna, Deputy Country Director WFP Delhi, said: “It was very encouraging to read of the compassion students have for people who never have enough to eat. The world’s poor are going through a difficult time with high food prices and we need to push ourselves harder in order to help them.”

“India, with its immense resources, has what it takes to root out hunger and malnutrition,” added Mcilvenna. “What we need is firm commitment and persistent efforts. I’m sure the participation of the students in this endeavour will pave the way or a greater civil society movement against poverty and hunger.”

The essays were judged by Prof Seema Raizada, Sarojini Naidu College, Bhopal with six winners from two categories, Group A comprising of class ninth and tenth and Group B comprising class eleventh and twelfth, release said.

Rashi Jain of Carmel Convent School BHEL bagger first prize in Group A, while Aastha Srivastava of the same school won first prize in Group B, said release.

In Group A, Prakhar Maheshwari of Campion School and Shivangi Dhakad of Carmel Convent School bagged second and third prizes respectively.

Prashant Bhargava of Bal Bhawan School and Syed Danish Ahmed of Campion School won second and third prizes respectively in Group B.

All 299 participants received a t-shirt and certificate. The prizes were sponsored by he Britannia Nutrition Foundation, said release.

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