Food wastage topic of school debate

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The National, Friday 7th June 2013


MORE than 100 secondary school students in the National Capital District attended the World Environment Day school debate at the Sir John Guise Stadium on Wednesday.

Participants from eight secondary schools debated on the topic of whether or not the Government should spend more resources to control food wastage instead of focusing on infrastructure and socio-economic development. 

The arguments were in line with this year’s theme “Think. Eat. Save.”

NCD education superintendent of schools Maino Koloa said the debate was educational.

“Points raised by these students were well researched indeed. For example, bags of kaukau (sweet potato) and vegetables from Highlands rot at Lae wharf while waiting to be transported to other parts of the country,” he said.

“This is food wastage. I would like to encourage more of this and I call on outdoor learning with other partners like the University of Papua New Guinea, Health Department and Air Niugini.”

The best government and opposition team along with runner-ups will be announced today during the launch of the theme by the Environment and Conservation Department.

The event was hosted by the Steamships group of companies in partnership with theEnvironment and Conservation Department.

Schools that took part were Kila Kila Secondary, Gerehu Secondary, Marianville Secondary, Jubilee Secondary, Port Moresby National High School, Badihagwa Secondary, Tokarara Secondary and Gordon Secondary.