Nutritious meals serve up better future for children

While politicians argue for ideologies they say are in interests of the country and people, many children in Myanmar are facing malnutrition due to poverty.
A school meal programme is an appropriate way to supply nutritious food to children. There are many children who cannot bring lunch boxes with nourishing meals in rural and remote areas.
Feeding children in school is important to promote their ability to focus on educational programmes, and could reduce the dropout rate. Both the government and local communities are concerned with this programme to establish a sustainable, secure, and nutritious source of food for schoolchildren during the day.
As pre-processed foods cannot be imported from outside of each village in rural areas, ingredients for all lunches can be grown in school gardens, and prepared by locally hired cooks.
Meals should also be fortified with essential vitamins and minerals. Young children need sufficient nutrition for both physical and mental development. Only if they are properly fed will the country have happy and healthy citizens in the future.
In urban areas, some schools have no garden space and playgrounds. At this juncture, school management committees should raise a fund for the school meal programme.
The programme is expected to decrease the dropout rate as the schools take responsibility for children’s lunches. In some developing countries children who attend classes regularly received food rations for their homes to encourage their schooling.
Myanmar is not a poor country in term of natural or food resources. Taking advantage of this favourable situation, school meal programmes should be carried out for the children to give them a brighter future.

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