The Zero Hunger and Good Health Committee addressed the topic,
“Malnutrition; a Problem of More or Less”.
The topic was extensively deliberated upon and by the end of the first day; students who did not have adequate understanding of the topic had understood it well enough to begin to proffer solutions. The students showcased an outstanding level of ingenuity and commitment towards finding solutions to the problem right from the beginning of the conference, although it took others some time to come out of their shells.
The Design Thinking Methodology which comprised of six stages was adopted in talking the topic before the committee. During the first stage; Understanding, students were introduced to the subject by walking them through the background guide. They were also given statistics to enable them understand the depth of the problem.
During the Observation stage, videos depicting the extent of the problem in order for them to build empathy and further understand the problem better.
During the synthesis stage, the student wrote down all they had learnt and the solutions they thought could be effected. The director and non-director worked hard to fine tune and sieve out the workable solutions, built upon them and presented them for testing during the closing ceremony.
All in all, it was a delightful and impactful experience as the Director and Deputy-director actively interacted with the students on issues relating to Malnutrition, looked under the narrow lenses of Conflict and Climate change.
The students recommended that a youth-based approach should be taken to solve the problem. This means that solutions that are easily carried out by every young person such as creation of nutrition clubs in schools and person to person campaigns in their various near-communities.