What has been the impact of your solution to date?
Mostly children in the early stage of taste education will find difficulties to explore their senses, for example they found difficulties to recognize some smell, to taste some taste like bitter or sour or to recognize some kind of food. But after several times repeating the activity they start to regain their sensitivity of their senses, they pay more attention on things, especially to food they eat. Children also start to act and think critically about the food they eat and able to make decision on what they want to eat or not. Parents also start to realize that they need to watch their children's food intake, especially when they are not in their house.
What is your projected impact over the next 1-3 years?
There will be behavior changes on how children and community see the food they consume. They also have deep understanding on how food system running in society and able to think in a long term of what their impact in local and global level from what they eat. Parents and children both responsible for themselves and family to their diet habit.
What barriers might hinder the success of your project? How do you plan to overcome them?
School willingness to engage to this project in long term basis because they need to reach certain target of school curriculum. Some school think that this activity has no relation with other school subject and some parents think that gardening is a low level activity. Especially in rural school, the parents think that they send their children to school not to do "dirty" work. We create modul and training for school teacher, together with other local NGO, to the multidisciplinary teaching and creative teaching and shows them that with active and integrated teaching children would likely to understand the subject taught in classroom. As for the parents, we try to give them understanding that gardening stimulate children's development of brain and physic.
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We first did this activity in a village school in East Java 5 months ago. First children seem disgusted with the taste experiment as they have taste so many tastes that appear strange for them, but over time their curiosity grows because we always ask them how they feel about their experiment. This is something new for them, because usually they just sit in the class and listen, but in our activity we learn to listen to each other and respect others opinion. This approach seemed very memorable for them, so they are more willing to do more activities with us. And after few months one day when we had discussion some of them said that they promised not to eat junk food anymore because they want to be strong when they grow up. THis somehow struck our mind and make us believe that change starts from children!