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Food a fundamental part of learning

| November 4, 2013 | 0 Comments

The World Food Programme (WFP) has released its State of School Feeding Worldwide report, providing the firstever global data on school feeding.

The report revealed that about 368 million children – about one out of every five – get a meal at school every day around the world. The report was released at an event in Brazil, where experts from across the globe gathered to discuss how hunger impedes a child’s progress.

“School feeding is indeed an investment that pays off in the future with better educated, stronger and healthier adults and also a critical safety net to prevent the most vulnerable from suffering in times of crisis,” says WFP executive director, Ertharin Cousin.

Speaking at the conference were top achievers who attribute their success to receiving adequate childhood nutrition. Nim Doma Sherpa, a Nepalese mountaineer, summated Everest in 2008. She says the free food supplied by the WFP was the main reason her parents sent her to school.

The world’s largest school feeding programme, the Mid-Day Meal School, feeding 120 million Indian children daily, was recently in the international spotlight when at least 25 children died in Bihar after eating a bean, rice and lentil lunch contaminated by pesticides. The head teacher was arrested for questioning, families protested violently in the streets and some were offered financial compensation for their loss.

Category: Summer 2013

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