Vision: Global health is improved through hands-on education that teaches
personal hygiene and proper food handling and preparation
Mission: Expand the reach of the Hands On curriculum to students in 50 states by
2026 and 20 countries by 2050 (50/20 : 20/50)
• Collaborate with others to further the reach of Hands On
• Customize the validated Hands On curricula to all 50 states’ content standards
• Train and support at least 50 teachers to serve as state-based coordinators
• Implement Hands On in at least 10% of schools in 50 states
• Adapt Hands On to the standards, language and cultural context of 20 countries
• Train and support at least 25 ambassadors to serve as country-based facilitators
• Implement the Hands-On curriculum in at least 200 schools in 20 countries
• Ensure the sustainability of Hands On by keeping content current
• Provide an on-line open access resource
Hands On: Real World Lessons for Middle School Classrooms is a comprehensive curriculum designed as a vehicle to reduce the occurrence of foodborne illness, to increase awareness around personal hygiene and to encourage safe food preparation practices. Foodborne illness can be prevented if consumers adopt proper practices for safe food handling and preparation. Food safety awareness, particularly among the young, is low and food safety education in the formative middle schools years is a proven catalyst to prevent foodborne illness.
Hands On is innovatively built around state curriculum standards for math, science, language arts, and social studies. The activities reinforce the concepts, and encourage interdisciplinary learning, peer support and cross-classroom collaboration which increase student retention and improves learning outcomes.
Hands On collaborates with partner schools to offer training workshops to familiarize teachers with the food safety content and the underlying instructional theory of the curriculum. All of the materials necessary to implement Hands On are provided to participating schools at no financial cost to the school. This is possible through the generous contributions from government and partnerships with industry organizations and foundations.
The GMA Science and Education Foundation has established the International Food Safety Education Fund (IFSEF) through which donations can be made to support the Hands On program.