Vila Real and Braga schools win Missão Continente challenge

The Murça’s Elementary and Secondary School’s 6B class’ students, in Vila Real, and the Lomar’s Elementary School’s 2B class’ students, in Braga, won the first Missão Continente School’s challenge of the year, on the fight against waste. In this edition, more than 70 thousand students from 655 schools, from all districts of mainland Portugal and the Islands, are enrolled.

As a prize, both classes will attend and participate in a Cooking Session, using food leftovers, with the TV cooking programs’ presenter and the 1st Cycle of Basic Education (CBE) ambassador, Filipa Gomes, who congratulated the winning class through a special message. The player Jéssica Silva, the program's ambassador for the 2nd CBE, also left a special message.

The challenge given to the students was to identify a food waste situation in their school, and to develop suggestions to alleviate the problem, through a playful-pedagogical activity. All works were evaluated by a team from Missão Continente School, together with its partners, the Directorate-General for Education and the Centre for Studies and Research in Social Dynamics and Health (CEIDSS).

The Murça’s Elementary and Secondary School’s 6B class created a game with multiple choice questions, encouraging everyone to change their behaviour and promoting awareness and civic participation in the fight against food waste.

The Lomar’s Elementary School’s 2B class found that there was fruit being wasted at school and developed a playful-pedagogical game based on the behaviour of their colleagues, with behaviours to follow/encourage and behaviours to eliminate/avoid. The game also compiles relevant facts about fruits and vegetables.

Missão Continente School is evaluating, for the first time, the impact of this educational program for healthy eating, in 35 schools of the 1st CBE, for 4 consecutive years (2021-2025). It is the first scientific study in a nutrition and community health program, of this size, in Portugal.

The Directorate-General for Health, the Centre for Studies and Research in Social Dynamics and Health (CEIDSS), the São João University Hospital Centre (CHUSJ), the Abel Salazar Institute of Biomedical Sciences of the University of Porto and the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF) are Missão Continente School’s institutional partners, which also has the support of the Directorate-General for Education. Since the beginning of the program (2016/17), more than 100,000 children from the 1st cycle of basic education, from schools across the country (mainland and islands), have already been involved.

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