Global Updates From World View
August 2008

Food around the World*

“Tell me what you eat, and I’ll tell you what you are”
- Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

For better or worse, food helps us define who we are. Throughout history, grains, spices, and produce have connected civilizations and strengthen national identities. In today’s global economy, food production has had a dynamic effect on international development and stability. In this month’s Global Update, take a quiz to learn about food from around the world. This month's Update also highlights resources for educators to learn about the current food crisis and how your students can become informed and involved citizens on fighting global hunger.

National and Popular Dish Quiz

Instructions : Match the following national and popular dishes with their corresponding country in the word bank to the right. Answers can be found at the bottom of the page.

Word Bank

South Africa
Saudi Arabia

1. Ramen tends to be served in a meat-based broth, and uses toppings such as sliced pork, dried seaweed, green onions, and even corn. Almost every locality in this country has its own variation of ramen.

2. Falafel (also Falefel) is a fried ball or patty made from spiced fava beans and/or chickpeas. It is a popular form of fast food and is also served as a snack. The falafel balls, whole or crushed, may be topped with salads, pickled vegetables and hot sauce, and drizzled with tehini.

3. Sancocho is a traditional soup (often considered a stew). Sancocho is considered a fairly rustic dish with ingredients such as chicken, fish, plantains, yuca, cilantro, yams, corn, and potatoes.

4. Kimchi is a traditional fermented dish made of vegetables with varied seasonings. Kimchi is also cooked with other ingredients to make dishes such as kimchi stew and kimchi fried rice.

5. Sauerkraut is finely shredded cabbage that has been fermented by various lactic acid bacteria. It has a long shelf-life, and a distinctive sour flavor. Raw sauerkraut dressed with oil and onions is served as a salad, while warmed sauerkraut is commonly served over meat.

6. Bobotie consists of spiced minced meat baked with an egg-based topping. The recipe originates from the Dutch East India Company colonies with the name derived from the Indonesian Bobotok. It is also made with curry powder creating a slight tangy flavor.

7. Paella , cooked in a large, shallow, flat pan , usually consists of vegetables and meat or seafood (octopus, shrimp and/or oysters). The three key ingredients are rice, saffron, and olive oil.

8. Borscht is a hearty soup with many common optional ingredients, depending on the cuisine, including various vegetables, mushrooms, and meats. It is more akin to a stew than most soups, and may be eaten as a meal in itself, usually with thick dark bread.

9. Kabsa is a family of rice dishes mainly made from a mixture of spices, rice, meat and vegetables. The spices and condiments used in Kabsa are what primarily contribute to the taste; these are generally cloves, curry, cardamom, saffron, cinnamon, black lime, bay leaves and nutmeg, pine nuts, onions and tomatoes. The main ingredient that accompanies the spices is the meat—chicken, goat, lamb, camel, or seafood.

10. Adobo, typically made with pork or chicken or a combination of both, is a dish slowly cooked in soy sauce, vinegar, crushed garlic, bay leaf, and black peppercorns, and is often browned in the oven or pan-fried afterwards to get the desirable crisped edges.

Get Involved

“I have the audacity to believe that people everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for the minds and dignity, equality and freedom for their spirits.”
- Martin Luther King Jr.

World Food Day
World Food Day, October 16, consists of worldwide events highlighting the need and resources available to alleviate hunger. Events take place at local, state, and regional levels. The World Food Day website also provides K-12 and college resource guides for discussing food and hunger issues in the classroom.

World Food Programme
A division of the United Nations, the World Food Programme works to alleviate global hunger and improve nutrition and the quality of life worldwide. The agency works in emergency situations to provide quick relief and subsistence, but also works toward long term solutions to fight global hunger.

Heifer International
Heifer International provides a holistic approach to ending world poverty. Providing a source of food rather than short-term relief, Heifer International is one of the leading non-profits for sustainable development. Heifer also produces curriculum guides for K-8.

Worldwatch Institute
The Worldwatch Institute focuses on the challenges of global issues and the research necessary to make governmental changes for sustainable societies. Worldwatch research is published in 36 languages and used by 150 partners in 40 countries.

Oxfam International
Oxfam International is focused on fighting the root causes of poverty at the international level. Among many other initiatives, Oxfam pressures governments and international institutions to invest in agriculture in ways that promote food security.
“Is my lunch causing global warming?” Sponsored by Bon Appétit Management Company, learn how your food choices impact global carbon usage.

Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE)
Since 1988, the SARE program has helped advance farming systems that are profitable, environmentally sound, and good for communities.


Educator Resources

Education World – “Graphing the Annual Food Drive”
Many schools collect food for local food banks. This lesson plan allows students to graph the results of their efforts.

Education World – “Where Did Foods Originate?”
Students explore how New World explorers helped change the Old World's diet.

Feeding Minds, Fighting Hunger
Classroom guides for exploring the problems of hunger, malnutrition, and food insecurity.

The Food Timeline
Discover the history of food through the ages.

National Geographic – “Addressing World Hunger”
Introduce students to programs that exist to address the complex problem of world hunger.

Nourish International
Connect your students to local North Carolina sustainable development organization, Nourish International.

Peace Corps – “Cuisine and Etiquette"
Students can examine mealtime etiquette in other cultures.

PBS – “Journey Planet Earth”
Land of Plenty, Land of Want
How do we feed more and more people without impoverishing their land? Access videos and curriculum on sustainable agriculture.

PBS – “The Meaning of Food”
Access resources from the stories behind the meaning of food.

US Department of Agriculture (USDA)
Education and Outreach: National Agriculture Library

Links for Students

Cool Food Planet

Feeding Minds, Fighting Hunger Cartoon

Free Rice


Answers to National and Popular Dish Quiz

1. Ramen - Japan
2. Falafel - Israel
3. Sancocho - Panama
4. Kimchi - Korea
5. Sauerkraut - Germany
6. Bobotie – South Africa
7. Paella - Spain
8. Borscht - Russia
9. Kabsa – Saudi Arabia
10. Adobo – Philippines

* A special thank you to this month's Global Updates guest editor, Carina Brossy.

Education around the World


Photographs from the July 2008 World View Study Visit to Honduras
Left: students singing the Honduras National Anthem at a National Chief Lempira Day ceremony.
Right: A primary school classroom in Trinidad, Honduras

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Register now for World View’s Fall Programs

K-12 Global Education Symposium:
Bringing World Cultures to the Classrooms

October 22-23, 2008
UNC at
Chapel Hill

As the world’s national boundaries continue to dissolve, students today need to learn how to work and live with others from different cultures who are speaking multiple languages and practicing varying religions.  World View’s symposium offers educators from all subject areas and in all grade levels techniques for integrating global content across the curriculum, as well as other global education resources.  There will be general sessions, concurrent sessions on both content and classroom applications, and support for school-based teams in creating an Action Plan for globalizing schools.  CEU credits offered.

Community College Symposium:
Globalization and Global Health Issues

November 12-13, 2008
UNC at
Chapel Hill

The 2008 Community College Symposium addresses a topic central to understanding globalization and vital for community college educators preparing students and faculty for the 21st century:Global Health and the Environment.  There will be general sessions, concurrent sessions, and support for college-based teams in creating an Action Plan for globalizing colleges. This program is designed for administrators and faculty in all disciplines.

Registration for 2008 Symposiums
Registration for each fall symposium is $150 per person. Reduced registration fees are available for schools and colleges registering 4 or more persons. A team of 4 is $500. Only $125 for each additional team member.

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2008 International Festival of Raleigh
September 5- 6, 2008
Raleigh Convention Center

The International Festival of Raleigh is an annual celebration of dance, food, and music from around the globe. This event brings ethnic groups together to share traditions and celebrate their unique differences. It also allows native North Carolinians the ability to visit the world in their own backyard.

For a schedule of events and more information visit:


Symposium on Asia in the Curriculum
September 26-27, 2008

The symposium, open to all educators working in the field of Asian studies, convenes with several objectives. First, to provide a forum through which participants can share their experiences and ideas for promoting Asian studies at all levels of education. Second, to provide a forum through which symposium participants can share best practices in utilizing information technology as a teaching tool. Finally, to discuss relevant issues confronting the field of Teaching About Asia in the K-16 curriculum. Major program element for this year's symposium: practical application of information technology in the classroom (local and distance).

North Carolina Food Festivals and Events

North Carolina Apple Festival
Hendersonville, NC
August 29 - September 1

Western North Carolina BBQ Festival
Maggie Valley, NC
September 26-27

Charlotte Shouts Culinary Arts Experience
Charlotte, NC
September 26-27

Muscadine Harvest Festival
Kenansville, NC
September 27

World Food Day Crop Walk
Raleigh, NC
October 12


Technology Tools for Global Education - 
2008 Workshop Series
UNC School of Education and World View

September 26, October 24, November 21, December 12, 2008

Series Overview: Recognizing the need to support teachers as they prepare students with 21st Century Learning Skills, this series of four 3-hour workshops focus on the integration of global education into any classroom. In addition to attending the workshops, participants will read and respond to articles on global learning, track their use of technology in the classroom, and create a wiki to identify global connections in their schools and counties.

The workshops are designed in a linear fashion to take the participant from the "tourist classroom" to creating a global classroom using technology. The workshops include the following sessions:

  • Session 1: What Is Global Education?
    September 26    3:00-6:00pm 
  • Session 2: Exploring a Global Classroom
    October 24      3:00-6:00pm          
  • Session 3: Crafting a Global Experience
    November 21    3:00-6:00pm  
  • Session 4: Participating in a Global Experience
    December 12       3:00-6:00pm 
For more information or to register please go to

Location: Carolina Center for Educational Excellence
9201 Seawell School Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27516 phone: (919) 843-2874

CEUs:   3.0 license renewal credits for attending all four workshops and completing an outside activity

Cost:    $30 per session


Save the Date!

International Education Week

November 17-21, 2008


Fulbright Teacher Exchanges

Sponsored by the United States Department of State, the Fulbright Teacher Exchange directs one-to-one classroom exchanges to many countries for teachers of all curricular levels, kindergarten-post secondary.

Most exchanges occur for an academic year. India and the United Kingdom offers fall semester-long exchanges and the United Kingdom also offers six-week exchanges. Italy and Greece offer eight-week classical seminars for teachers of Latin, Greek or the Classics.

In addition to the teacher exchanges, there are administrative job-shadowing opportunities to Mexico and Argentina. Jordan, Thailand, and Uruguay currently offer opportunities to host incoming administrators during site visits to the United States.

Prospective applicants must meet the following general eligibility requirements:

  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Fluency in English
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher
  • Be in at least third year of full-time teaching
  • A current full-time position

The application deadline is October 15, 2008 for the 2009-2010 program year. For more information and/or an application please visit: or call (800)726-0479.