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UN project aims to teach Filipino kids value of saving forests

The United Nations (UN) project that would teach Filipino children the importance of sustainably managing forests would create opportunities for the government to work with the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Vice President and Department of Education (DepEd) Secretary Sara Duterte said Thursday.

Duterte made the remarks during a courtesy call of Dr. Lionel Dabbadie, the country representative of the UN’s FAO, where they discussed the organization’s “Forests for a Sustainable Future: Educating Children” program.

The Vice President said the project would provide opportunities for the DepEd and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to work with the UN agency.

According to Dabbadie, the project’s main objective is to educate school-aged children about the importance of managing forests sustainably, and the vital link between a healthy forest cover and a steady food supply.

It also aims to equip younger generations with the necessary skills and knowledge to address current food production, distribution, and nutrition challenges through interactive learning approaches and the development of strategic education modules.

Further, the project targets to raise awareness about food security, responsible food production, reduced food wastage, and equitable access to nutritious food.—Sundy Locus/LDF, GMA News