A Refugee Food Festival in Calvados’ Middle Schools
From Monday October 2nd to Friday October 6th
Refugee Food Festival
Middle school canteens open their kitchen’s doors to refugee chefs
From October 2nd to October 6th, France’s Calvados Department and UNHCR, the United Nations Refugee Agency, in partnership with the French NGO, Food Sweet Food, invite students of different middle schools in Calvados to participate in the Refugee Food Festival.
The idea is to raise students’ awareness of refugees’ situation in France and across the world. The Refugee Food Festival has three objectives: changing perceptions of refugees, accelerating their professional integration and discovering cuisines from elsewhere.
Five days, five middle schools
The following schools will welcome the Refugee Food Festival in France’s Normandy region:
Monday October 2nd: Charles Létot middle school in the town of Bayeux
Tuesday October 3rd: Jean de la Varende middle school in the town of Creully
Wednesday October 4th (only in the morning): Hastings middle school in the city of Caen
Thursday October 5th: Ernest Hemingway middle school in the town of Port-en-Bessin
Friday October 6th: Louis Pergaud middle school in the town of Dozulé
Each day, middle school students will learn about refugees’ stories and traditional food from their country, with three highlights:
In the morning, students will meet with refugees and the UNHCR team. They will discuss the situation of refugees in France and across the world thanks to refugees’ testimonies, Q&A and educational games. A refugee chef, along with school canteens’ cooks, will prepare a traditional meal from his or her country.
At lunch time, half-board students will taste the dishes the refugee chef cooked with the school canteen’s team.
In the afternoon, students will participate in cooking workshops during which refugee chefs will prepare snacks. This will be a friendly moment conducive to discussions.