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Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Suva, Fiji Islands
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The myriad varieties found within cultivated plants are fundamental to the present and future productivity of agriculture. PAPGREN, which is coordinated by the Land Resources Division of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), helps Pacific countries and territories to conserve their crop genetic diversity sustainably, with technical assistance from the Bioversity International (BI) and support from NZAID and ACIAR.
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Tuesday, November 15, 2005
Posted 12:42 PM by Luigi
The Mand Drama Club and local foods
From Dr Lois Englberger.
A group of 20 children led by Mr Rohaizad Suaidi, instructor at the College of Micronesia-FSM, National Campus, entertained at a large community meeting held at the Mand Community Hall. Something is very special about the Mand Drama Club...it is based around the idea of learning about the values of local island food, and making this into a fun activity!
This last Sunday two groups performed. The twelve younger children, around 10 to 12 years old, did a song and dance skit. They took on roles of different island foods and said who they are. For example, one said "I am taro... and I am full of vitamins!!" In their bright yellow Mand Drama Club t-shirts, with a GO LOCAL theme, the children made a very cute appearance.
The eight other children performed "conflict scenarios" that they themselves helped to write. Each of these involved a scene between a "parent" and a "child" and reflected some common situations with a problem relating to local foods versus imported foods.
For example...the first story unfolds with the mother/parent motioning that she is putting out the food to eat on the plate, but this is local food, and there is a bit of an outcry from the child....with the following lines:
Child: Where is the rice?
Parent: Today we are having taro.
Child: But I want rice.
Parent: You had rice yesterday.
Child: I like rice, I want to eat rice everyday!!!
Parent: We have many kinds of local food. Why do you want to eat only rice?
....then the story goes on, with the children deciding how the drama should go forward and end...So you will need to ask for a performance from the children, then you will find out what happened in the end!!
One of the Mand adults later said, "Oh we really liked that! It was really good!"
Thanks go to the New Zealand AID for their support in this project, as well as the Centre for Indigenous Peoples' Nutrition and Environment. Special thanks go to Rohaizad who has been working with the children on Sunday afternoons since the beginning of September. He has much talent and experience in guiding drama activities and IFCP appreciates very much his involvement.
Thanks to Kiped Albert, Douglas Nelber, and Yumiko Paul who assisted Rohaizad and of course thanks to the children for their enthusiastic involvement. Also, thank you Jim Currie, for putting forth the idea for IFCP to have a village theater type activity for promoting island foods.
Dr. Lois Englberger, PhD
Island Food Community of Pohnpei
P. O. Box 2299
Kolonia, Pohnpei 96941 FM
Federated States of Micronesia
Telephone: 691-320-8639 Fax: 691-320-4647
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