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World Home Economics Day 2016

2016 Home economics literacy: Skills for families and consumers

The International Federation for Home Economics (IFHE) has recently announced the theme for World Home Economics Day (WHED) 2015 and 2016 – Home Economics literacy: Skills for families and consumers. The concept of home economics literacy includes food literacy, financial literacy, consumer literacy and environmental literacy. Together, these literacies are enacted by home economists, families and consumers using effective communication strategies.

There is a strong relationship between home economics literacy and the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. Both recognise the important role of education in poverty eradication; changing unsustainable and promoting sustainable patterns of consumption and production; and protecting and managing the natural resource bases. Education for girls and women is emphasised, according to local contexts and specific needs.

The aim for WHED 2015 and 2016, which is celebrated on 21 March each year, is to communicate the major role home economics literacy has in promoting family and consumer wellbeing, through the transition of essential life skills in different settings. This will be achieved by bringing these activities to the attention of the general community in all IFHE regions by using the internet, social media and the local mass media.

IFHE developed:

  • a list of focused themes and messages for 2015 and 2016. There is no restriction on the themes that local home economics organisation may select each year
  • a kit for home economics educators with sample lesson plans and teaching and learning resources that are relevant for specific themes, ideas for other activities and suggested communication alerts. Useful examples of items/activities that the kit may include are
  • WHED website and social media repository, which will include a place where home economics practitioners can upload examples of student work and activities organised during the year, but particularly for WHED.

 Members can also visit IFHE for further information.

Read about how the divisions celebrated WHED in 2016..

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