Slow Food education brings awareness of food issues to people from all walks of life. Ranging from international fairs to community meals, national projects and campaigns to local workshops, our activities share the key goal of educating people about all aspects of food - from field to fork - in order to bring good, clean and fair food to communities around the world.
By understanding where our food comes from, how it was produced and by whom, adults and children can learn how to combine pleasure and responsibility in daily choices and appreciate the cultural, environmental and social importance of food.
Slow Food organizes educational programs for children, teachers , our members and the general public. These events are often organized at the local level by Slow Food convivia (our local chapters) or Terra Madre food communities and cooks, and by national associations at a regional level. Slow Food is involved in food education projects and initiatives in more than 150 countries around the world.
Educational activities take countless forms: from small activities held at events or in communities, such as tours of local farms or producers, guided tastings, knowledge exchange between older generations and young people, practical workshops and dinners with producers, to long term projects such as the Slow Food in the Canteen and School Garden programs.
To bring lasting change, Slow Food education views learning as a reciprocal process; when a group of people become involved in a food education activity or program they form a community. For example, in addition to students and teachers, a school garden project may involve grandparents, farmers, cooks and local authorities. Slow Food learning communities stimulate a real and much needed “cultural revolution” through food.
SLOW FOOD EDUCATION MANIFESTO
Well aware that education and training of the next generations can no longer be provided
entirely by institutions, we believe that we must offer a more broad-reaching educational
approach, also involving other players active in the field in a cooperative manner.
Education is individual and collective responsibility that belongs to all but must be close to
each of us. It should be adopted and applied in schools and in politics, associations,
cooperatives, cultural centers, families and any other possible contexts.
It is important to recover and foster the role of the community, to ensure the passing on of
all knowledge tied to material and social culture, including the culture of food.
We believe that food is the ideal instrument with which to experiment and promote an
articulated, complex and creative education that gives value to interdependence, the
environment and common good.
Slow Food upholds that everyone has a right to education, without distinction by sex,
language, ethnicity or religion. Education should be available in various locations and at any
age, in order that we don't pass on to the next generation that which we can help improve
today. It is only through an educated, critical and motivated population that countries can
give the best of themselves.
The right to education cannot remain an abstract declaration, as the principles are violated
when they are not active.
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