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World Home Economics Day (WHED) is celebrated annually around the world on March 21. It is a day to celebrate the home economics profession and its contribution to individuals, families and communities around the world. This year the theme for WHED was Home economics empowerment: Education for a sustainable lifestyle. The aim of sustainable development “… is to help people to develop the attitudes, skills and knowledge to make informed decisions for the benefit of themselves and others, now and in the future, and to act upon these decisions” (UNESCO – Education for Sustainable Development).

In Ghana last year, WHED was commemorated by a cooking competition among selected senior high schools as well as a four kilometre health walk followed by a health talk on HIV/AIDS.

In Australia, many WHED celebrations were held in conjunction with King and Amy O’Malley Trust presentations to recognise leadership abilities in  undergraduate and postgraduate home economics students. At a school level, many teachers had displays acknowledging WHED and promoting home economics education.

How did you and your students celebrate WHED this year? What activities did you organise to mark this special day?

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Home Economics Victoria is a partner in the new government initiative involving Jamie Oliver’s Ministry of Food Victoria. Have a look at the announcement from Carol Warren today. Here’s to looking forward to new and exciting initiatives for Home Economics teachers around Victoria!

We are very pleased to tell you about our new project announced yesterday by the Minister for Health, David Davis as part of the Victorian Healthy Eating Enterprise. As you no doubt would have seen in the media yesterday, this new initiative includes Jamie Oliver’s Ministry of Food Victoria.

We are thrilled to be announced as a partner in this exciting new enterprise. Our project is the Healthy eating and food literacy in secondary schools initiative to increase knowledge and skills of young people in the production, growing, buying and preparation of fresh, nutritious and affordable healthy food http://www.health.vic.gov.au/news/jamie-oliver-fights-obesity.htm

Home Economics Victoria will be able to have a number of staff devoted to this project over the next few years to work directly with you in secondary schools.

We know that you are doing a great job in schools and this project acknowledges your commitment to healthy eating and practical cooking skills. Stay tuned for more news over the coming months.

Best wishes.

Carol
CEO of Home Economics Victoria