You can’t teach a hungry child

Nutrition is one of the three major factors that impact a child’s development and there is an undeniably strong relationship between nutrition, health and learning.  With research studies showing that nutrition in a child’s early years are linked to their health and academic performance; Sparrow Schools understands the importance of nutrition and the effect it has on our learner’s academic performance. Keeping this in mind, with the support of Nambikkai we have been able to provide nutritious meals to our learners at the Foundation School who are unable, due to socio-economic reasons, to access this basic need, we have now expanded this program to our Combined Technical Skills School with the generous further support of Nambikkai.

Second to nutrition, one of the main reasons of introducing the feeding scheme to our school was due to the fact that many of our children come from disadvantaged homes and are forced to go to school hungry. Based on recent statistics, according to the UN World Food Programme (WFP) in 2017 over 1.5 billion students face food shortages at school, a shocking statistic as food is one of the most basic needs. With the continued support with Nambikkai, we at Sparrow thrive to alleviate this issue and will continue to provide meals to our children so that they are able to focus on their academics and school work.

 

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