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A Compendium of FAO Experience in Basic Education: All for Education and Food for All

Food security and education are interlinked. What is the role of education in reducing by half the 800 million people denied access to enough food to meet their basic needs? How can education be used to lead almost one billion women, men and youth from illiteracy? How can relevant and quality education be offered to out-of-school children and those who are undernourished in order to best improve their chances for a better quality of life? This compendium of FAO's experiences with "Education and Food for All" shares descriptions of cases that can contribute to the process of enabling rural people to improve their lives and livelihoods. The examples focus on education and training in Nutrition and Health, Agriculture/Forestry, Environment, Community Development, and Business Management. The cases will be of special interest to primary and secondary school teachers and students, rural youth programme staff, adult community groups, and rural development specialists. The Compendium is available through the FAO SD Dimensions Website. [http://www.fao.org/waicent/faoinfo/sustdev/2001/kn1003_en.htm]. A brochure with information about the Compendium is available in English free of charge by contacting the Rural Youth Officer [ruralyouth@fao.org].

Discovering the Natural Resources of the Hindu-Kush-Himalayan Region

FAO, with the support and collaboration of the International Center for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), has developed a package of materials for 10 to 14-year-olds to help them learn about biodiversity and agricultural practices in the Hindu Kush-Himalayas. The package, "Discovering the Natural Resources of the Hindu Kush-Himalayan Region" consist of a comic book, a teacher's guide, a certificate of participation and evaluation form. Already 8,000 copies of the comic book and 2,000 copies of the teacher's guide have been prepared for distribution to schools in Bhutan, Pakistan and Nepal. An electronic version of the package will be available for free download at the official International Year of Mountains Web site. To receive your own free International Year of Mountains educational materials and to learn more, visit the International Year of Mountains Web site at [http://www.mountains2002.org].

Savannah Lifestyles: Environmental Issues for Schools in East Africa

This publication is an illustrated story booklet targeting primary schools. It is designed to encourage active learning for sustainable savannah management in East Africa, but could be adapted to other regions of the world. Using exercises and activities, the booklet offers insights into East African grassland environmental management and practices. It demonstrates the links between humans, plants and animals. It discusses the fragility of the ecosystem, and ways that it can become damaged and it provides an opportunity to discuss possible ways to improve relationships between groups involved and the management of change. A separate Teacher's Guide is available for use with the booklet. The aims of the booklet are to explore the links between people's activities and the natural resources of the grasslands; and to help people appreciate their own environment - to become actively responsible for it; to enable them to protect and improve their fragile ecosystem; and to share what they will learn with their communities. For further information or to obtain copies of the booklet and/or Teacher's Guide, please write to the Crop and Grasslands Service, FAO, Viale delle Terme di Caracalla, Rome 00100, Italy or e-mail caterina.batello@fao.org; stephan.baas@fao.org; sheila.edwards@unep.org

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