Micheal Campaign on healthy food in schools, while in some Poor Countries No Food at all!
|Her first lady Micheal Obama
|The First Lady Micheal Obama, initiated a better plan for future generations healthy food in America But the majority of the children attending public schools in Africa still remain under-nutrition, if only we will have enough food for our children who often go to school empty stomach. We support the Micheal’s Initiative 100% and that’s why we have created our empowerment project for the poor children in Africa/Asia
Let’s Move! is a comprehensive initiative, launched by the First Lady, dedicated to solving the problem of obesity within a generation, so that children born today will grow up healthier and able to pursue their dreams.
the First Lady’s Let’s Move! initiative:
- Creating a healthy start for children
- Empowering parents and caregivers
- Providing healthy food in schools
- Improving access to healthy, affordable foods
- Increasing physical activity
|Let’s move now in schools
|Chating with a kid in school
IIMAC & WCG101 Campaign
|Lets give to the poor and educate them with full stomach!
To create a pave-way for mother and child, good health for child and self reliant for the mother
To ensure every child benefits from our free education project
To assist in developing and encouraging parents with skills to join our movement to ensure a greater impact and sustainability is achieved
To promote healthy and nutrition in public schools including private
To introduce various courses and programs about safe and healthy choices of life.
To promote healthy water and food at schools
|IIMAC children at school after a healthy Lunch.
Lets give to the poor and educate them with full stomach!
Majority of public schools inNigeria don’t give children healthy food , thereby inducing malnutrition, nowposing a serious threat to education, particularly in developing countries,including Nigeria. Malnutrition causes poor growth in children, leading toimpaired mental development, poor scholastic and intellectual development.
A report by the UnitedNations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), describes these effects as the most seriouslong-term results of malnutrition.
Although several organizationsworldwide, governmental and private, have made efforts to combat and stopmalnutrition, not much have been achieved in this direction.
Malnutrition is caused by adeficiency in the intake of nutrients by the cells of the body. A combinationof two factors can be responsible.
These are: (i)insufficient intake of proteins, calories, vitamins, and minerals, (ii)frequent infections. Sickness like measles, malaria, diarrhea (frequentstooling) and respiratory disorder cause loss of nutrients in the body.
Theyreduce appetite and food intake, contributing invariably to malnutrition.
Children suffermalnutrition most because they are in a period of rapid growth that increasesthe demand for calories and proteins.
UNICEF said that a deficiencyof vitamin A affects over 100 million small children in the world and causesblindness. It also weakens the immune system, making them vulnerable toinfections. For children who survive malnutrition, the consequences can followinto adulthood.
“The depletion of humanintelligence on such a scale – for reasons that are almost entirely preventableis a profligate, even criminal, waste,” UNICEF stated.
It added that, “morethan 3/4 (three quarters) of all the malnutrition-aided deaths are linked notto severe malnutrition but to mild and moderate forms.”
UNICEF submitted in the stateof the world’s children thus. “It is implicated inmore than half of all child deaths worldwide-a proportion unmatched by anyinfectious disease since the Black Death. Yet, it is not an infectious disease.It ravages extend to the millions of survivors who are left crippled,chronically vulnerable to illness, and intellectually disabled. It imperilswomen, families and, ultimately the viability of whole societies.” Malnutrition is linked to avariety of illnesses – from under-nourishment as a result of lack of one ormore nutrient – such as Vitamin and mineral deficiencies to obesity and otherdiet-related diseases. Regarded as by far the most lethal form of malnutritionis Protein – Energy Malnutrition (PEM).
The World Health Organizationcalled PEM “the silent emergency” whose major victims are children ofschool age. It declared that PEM “is an accomplice in at least half of the10.4 million child deaths each year.”
Furthermore, malnutrition issaid to cast long shadows, affecting close to 800 million people – 20% of allpeople in the developing countries. In other words, 1 out of every 8 people inthe world suffers from malnutrition.
Ordinarily, malnutrition isthe lack of food. But at the centre of it all is poverty, which affects about80% of Nigerian population, weakening productivity and capacity of children tolearn properly in school.
In 2004 -Vanguard EducationWeekly investigation showed that, the Lagos state government attempted totackle malnutrition among school children, when it launched a plan to providefree meal for pupils of less-privileged parents who do not enjoy balanced mealsin their homes.
The government said itallocated N1 billion for its free meal programme in all its 913 primaryschools. It was part of the schoolhealth scheme meant to enhance the nutritional intakes of pupils. The firstphase (pilot stage) was to begin with primary one, while pupils of the otherclasses would follow as government expected assistance from international organizationslike, UNICEF and other donor agencies which had shown interest in the scheme.
But the programme seemed notto have taken off the ground, as malnutrition wreaks havoc in the schoolsystem. Most children attend classes with empty stomach, leaving their homeswith little or no food. The proposed free mid-day meal would have been thesaving grace for these undernourished children.
While the Nigerian governmenthas not shown concern for the nutrition of school children in this country, thesituation in neighbouring Ghana can be instructive.
The Ghanaian government hasjust announced a five-year plan to reduce hunger and malnutrition among pupilsin schools across that country. An amount of $347.4 million (three hundred andforty-seven million, four hundred thousand dollars) have been earmarked for theprogramme; which will be in pilot phases. Children will be given one balancedmeal a day for five days.
By this, short-term hungerand malnutrition among children will be reduced.
Except in Nigeria, in manyother countries, government and private organisations have initiated foodsupplementation schemes for school children.Communities can help instemming the devastating tide of malnutrition by providing mid-day meals inschools, provide nutritional education programmes and safe drinking watersupply.Malnutrition has beenidentified as a big problem afflicting developing nations, especially schoolchildren from poor homes.
According to UNICEF, “alack of access to good education and correct information is also a cause ofmalnutrition,” adding: “Without information strategies and better andmore accessible education programmes, the awareness, skills and behavioursneeded to combat malnutrition cannot be developed.”
Lack of food reduces, inturn, a person’s health and ability to get a better education.
While it has been agreed thatthere is more than enough food for all, the problem is that food is neitherproduced nor distributed equitably.
The World Health Organisation(WHO) pointed out that, “all too frequently, the poor in fertiledeveloping countries stand by watching with empty hands – and empty stomachs -while ample harvests and bumper crops are exported for hard cash. Short-termprofits for a few, long-term losses for many.”
A recent study by the Foodand Agriculture Organisation (FAO) showed that the richest fifth of the peopleon the planet eat 45% of all the meat and fish, the poorest fifth get just 5%.As attested by Encyclopedia Britannica, “the provision of an adequate foodsupply and nutritional education to all people, however, remains a crucialproblem.”.
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