Everything we do empowers children to become lifelong learners who champion sustainable behaviours for a healthier, happier planet.
Our passion is to help children become critical thinkers – prepared to face complex world challenges including global warming, overpopulation, food security & water shortages. We know critical thinking is about learning how to not only be a great thinker, but a great leader.
We explore the future of our world with children through a subject familiar and accessible to all – FOOD. Eating, sharing meals, cooking, buying food and understanding where it comes from is an easy conversation starter, even if our language is different.
The very act of sharing food is nurturing, collaborative and expressive. When we share new knowledge, experiences and ask children to explore a dilemma, experiment with options and discuss their ideas – exciting new solutions surface and this is the magic!
Our food sustainability educators and experts (from backgrounds including horticulture, ecology, biodiversity, farming and culinary arts) give children new insights and interactive experiences. Our team is led by Melissa Au who brings over 10 years of change management, learning and development experience and over 20 years cooking experience.
We also partner with Hong Kong’s education, government and non-profit organisations, such as Lung Fu Shan Environmental Centre, The University of Hong Kong and Feeding Hong Kong to create hands-on learning at school.
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What Our Teachers and Parents are Saying
I enjoy working with Munchkins immensely. They are creative, reliable, very organised and always supportive. We’ve also had great feedback from the parent and teacher community building workshops, as well as from seminars around cooking, growing food and family feeding. We look forward to more collaborative projects with Munchkins!
—Ms. Yau, Principal of Fairchild Kindergarten
The Food Unit went really well and it was very helpful to have a supply of resources and support from Munchkins. Melissa was there to support us every step of the way and had a wealth of knowledge to share with us and arranged for 'experts' to come and speak with the children. The students were so excited to meet a real life farmer! They loved seeing his farm, how he manages his tasks and having a chance to touch the caterpillars. We also really enjoyed seeing behind the scenes of the food charity as we usually see a "face" of a charity without always understanding how it actually works. We’re looking forward to getting the school garden going next, with the helpful support and training from Munchkins.
—Ms. Williams, Yew Chung International School HK
My son just can’t get enough of the Munchkins activities and continually asks when we will see Ms Melissa to cook again. His confidence with food has grown so much, he often wonders about how things grow and he’s so much more willing to experiment with new foods.
I’m so happy to see my son blossom at the Munchkins sessions in the way he helps other children, shares things and has such a caring attitude. This sociable nature has really helped him at Primary school and he’s very willing to share his opinions and ideas.
Thanks to Munchkins we have a clearly defined Green Council teacher/student team to support the Sustainable Development Goals. The children already made some great discoveries - gathering strong data to understand how we can effectively manage our food waste at school. We’re presenting our findings to the leadership team next to get support on the targets set by the children and the action they think we should take. The activity had been really empowering for them and given us hard evidence to make positive changes at school.
—Ms. Horton, Yew Chung International School HK
My daughter now tells me how we should cook things “the right way” in our kitchen. She cannot wait to show off her new skills and share new foods with her sister. She’s also announced that she now loves red peppers, something she couldn’t stand before!
Munchkins brought shape and structure to our Sustainability Unit within a matter of weeks. The ideas, and interactive learning activities have made home learning a lot easier and productive. We’re looking forward to introducing external experts to the class next. This will really get the kids’ creativity going as they think about how we can make our school and homes more sustainable.
—Mr. Jack, Head of Year at Yew Chung International School HK
The Munchkins activities have given me and my son a regular chance to bond and learn from each other. In fact, I find he teaches me a lot more about cooking and I’m surprised how much he picks up on his own. He’s so happy to take the lead and it’s great to see his confidence grow.
With Munchkins help we have a really strong team to establish a Kids Kitchen programme that integrates into our curriculum across all grades. The project is proving to be really engaging and empowering for the teachers who are feeling more confident and skilled to introduce more food related activities in the classroom.
—Ms. Robinson, HKIS
The students really enjoyed the food waste activities and testing out their problem solving skills by investigating how we managed our waste at school. Munchkins introduced some great National Geographic resources for the class which helped the kids reflect on our food waste in HK. The kids continued to explore food waste following the sessions - creating a “recycling plant” in the classroom and planting seeds from thrown away veggies.
—Ms. Tang, Fairchild Kindergarten
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