Children’s knowledge about food will increase sustainability in preschool

Dalarna University is part of an international research project that will create educational activities and tools that will improve food literacy among younger children.

The research project has been granted 10 million NOK from The Research Council of Norway.

– We plan to develop and test educational tools and activities to educate for sustainability and health. Preschool can help promote education for sustainability in a number of ways. In this project, our focus will be on three main aspects: children's eating habits; the environmental footprint of various diets; and children's understanding of energy flow in ecosystems, explains Farhana Borg, Associate Professor of Educational Work at Dalarna University and member of the international research group.

Farhana Borg has primary responsibility for the data collection in Sweden, and will contribute with her experience and expertise in sustainability research in preschool, child interviews, qualitative methods and development of educational activities.

– The results from the project will be used in the teaching of future preschool teachers and will lead to a better understanding of sustainability and how to introduce it to preschool children, says Farhana Borg.

The project will last for four years at universities in Norway, Sweden and Italy.

About the Project

The research project brings together four higher education institutions: Queen Maud University College of Early Childhood Education and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Norway; Dalarna University in Sweden; and the University of Bari Aldo Moro in Italy. The project will include collaboration with preschools within the non-profit foundation Trondhjem Asylselskapet and Geitmyra matkultursenter for barn i Trondheim, Norway.

Project Title: Sustainability through food literacy in early childhood education and care institutions

Project Leader: Professor Claudia Melis, Queen Maud University College of Early Childhood Education

Researcher from Dalarna University: Farhana Borg, Associate Professor Educational Work 

Project period: 2023–2027

Financing: 10 million NOK from The Research Council of Norway

Farhana Borg
Associate Professor Educational Work
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