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CHOGM: Indian students to join PM May’s initiative to connect through food

The UK will host the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in London and Windsor on April 16-20.

world Updated: Feb 03, 2018 16:07 IST
Prasun Sonwalkar
Prasun Sonwalkar
Hindustan Times, London
CHOGM,Theresa May,Kalinga Institute of Social Science
UK PM Theresa May’s initiative builds on the Eden Project’s annual Big Lunch, which was launched in 2009 as a way to connect people with their communities over a shared meal.(REUTERS)

Nearly 30,000 students and teachersof the Kalinga Institute of Social Science will join the ‘Commonwealth Big Lunches’ initiative launched by Prime Minister Theresa May on Saturday ahead of the Commonwealth Heads of Government (CHOGM) meeting in April.

May’s initiative builds on the Eden Project’s annual Big Lunch, which was launched in 2009 as a way to connect people with their communities over a shared meal. It has since seen millions of people get involved, including for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

The lunches initiativeto be held between March 12 (Commonwealth Day) and April 22 in 52 countrieshas been created by educational charity the Eden Project in partnership with the UK Government to encourage people to celebrate Commonwealth linksthrough food.

The UK will host CHOGM in London and Windsor on April 16-20. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to attend the event, at which India is expected to be tasked with a greater role in the group.

May said:“The Commonwealth is a diverse and vibrant network and its strength lies in the people-to-people links. The Eden Project brings together millions of people as part of their annual Big Lunch so we are delighted to partner with them on Commonwealth Big Lunches”.

”Launching in March, Commonwealth Big Lunches will be an opportunity for people across the Commonwealth to come together and, over a shared meal, discover and celebrate their connections, experiences and stories.”

Patricia Scotland, Commonwealth secretary-general, said:“Commonwealth Big Lunches remind us of the range and diversity of our connections and counterparts in countries and communities far away, and bring us together with those who live alongside us locally. They offer wonderful opportunities for people of all ages to bring our great Commonwealth family alive in new ways as we work towards a common future.”

First Published: Feb 03, 2018 16:07 IST