Two international organizations, backed by the government, announce the resumption of school feeding programs to help reduce hunger A powerful motivation for children to return to school after the program was interrupted by Kovid 19.
A joint statement issued by UNICEF and the World Food Program on 8 February said that in Cambodia About 280,000 children in 1,113 schools in 10 provinces miss out on nutritious meals provided by Free them at school during school closures across the country to prevent the spread of Kovid 19 .
"Fortunately, the school feeding program has resumed as schools in Cambodia reopen," the statement said. Re-launched earlier this month, the program will begin in stages at all schools implementing the catering program. With the support of the Royal Government and the World Food Program by March 2021.
Ms. Faroe Goff Youssef, UNICEF Country Director for Cambodia, also said in a joint statement that the school is now open. Again, it is important that school nutrition support programs be re-launched as well.
While the implementation of measures to reduce the risk of Kovid 19 should continue, she said schools are the best place to help. To children. Especially young children to get into the habit of eating healthy foods that such habits can stay with them. Lifelong.
"Nutrition education and school feeding are effective tools to help keep children healthy," she said. And learn better.
Data from the Joint Assessment of Education Needs during 19 Kovid in Cambodia in 2020, Prepared by the Ministry of Education and Youth Sports and education teams show that 40% of children now eat less on a daily basis than before The spread of the disease. Of these children, more than 50% are from poor families and depend on the social protection system.
In particular, the United Nations Assessment of the Socio-Economic Impacts of Kovid 19 in Cambodia was also presented. That although the availability or availability of food has not been significantly affected, many people are affected by economic circumstances. Forced to use various countermeasures. These include borrowing food from others, reducing the amount of food you eat, and becoming more dependent on cheaper and less expensive food choices. Less nutritious.
Ms. Clare Conan, Representative and Director of the World Food Organization in Cambodia, noted that the health and nutrition programs implemented in Schools have reduced hunger and are a powerful incentive for children to return to school.
She added: "This program is even more special for vulnerable children, who are largely dependent on the food provided. In schools, there are few home study options. ”
Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports spokesman Ros Sovacha told the Post today that the Ministry of Education generally sees the promotion The nutrition of students, especially those in primary school, plays an important role in improving the quality of education.
He said that the Ministry supports and continues to cooperate with relevant organizations to improve student nutrition in order to improve his learning. .
"As a next step, the Ministry of Education will continue to expand the scope of nutrition to students at target schools," he said. Next steps. We welcome further cooperation from all stakeholders in improving the quality of nutrition to help improve the quality of students' education.
Globally, more than 39 billion school meals have been disrupted since the pandemic. Kovid 19 because the school was closed.
In addition, of the 370 million children in the world, most of whom depend on school-based food for nutrition. Their average daily stipend, on average, missed out on 40% of the food they were given. Schools due to obstruction caused by Kovid 19 disease led to the closure of schools.
This is according to a new report released by UNICEF's Innocenti Research Office and the World Food Program.