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Eating fresh food is an intimate celebration of our link with Nature. Helping kids grow a small garden, go to a local market and get some of their food from their school farmer could help create, restore or revive this link.

Eating fresh food is an intimate celebration of our link with Nature. Helping kids grow a small garden, go to a local market and get some of their food from their school farmer could help create, restore or revive this link.

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Startups redesign your local grocery and bring fresh food to the customer: www.relayfood.com.

I like the idea of helping communities help themselves instead of getting support from outside. Now how do you create this fund and who would manage it?

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Yanis commented on transform backpackers into teachers

I believe this great idea could work out quite well providing both parties (backpackers and teachers) do a little preparation work beforehand:
- Backpackers should produce a very basic resume and list of skills in order for teachers to better evaluate their teaching potential
- Teachers should be able to identify their topics of interest to better match what any given backpacker has to offer at a specific time.
With a pre-programmed system of slots or units posted outside the classroom, schools could report on their needs and attract the right crowd.

One bias that can be avoided by preparing the ground this way is that of a neo-colonialist trend of thought whereby any young volunteer can teach anything anywhere as well as any teacher in poor countries. This might not be the best approach, depending on the population one has to work with.

My 2 cents.