Classroom hunger implies much more than a child's hunger when in a classroom... It is successfully addressed and satisfied in many schools in India.
Food served in the schools i.e. the mid-day meals happen to be the sole meal of the day for many children as their parents cannot afford food to feed them.
Thus, one of the important reasons why the child is in a classroom in the first place is to drive off hunger.
Mid-Day Meals are effective because-
Increased enrolment – Mid-day meals are an incentive for children to attend school as it’s the only meal in a day that many get to access…
Increased attendance – School is attractive & children want to attend as they don’t wish to miss a delicious meal.
Increased concentration – A healthy & nutritious mid-day meal betters a child’s concentration & performance.
Improved socialisation – The children of various social strata, castes & religions unitedly eat together.
Reduced malnutrition – Akshaya Patra’s efforts are directed to cater to a growing child’s nutritional requirements with balanced food.
Empowered women – Akshaya Patra provides employment to women and improves their quality of life. Empower a woman and empower a family, including her children.
Getting a quality serving of the nutritious food- the mid-day meal means a lot to the children.
I feel mid-day meals must be continued and their network & reach must be widened so as to cover the entire length and breadth of our country.
Akshaya Patra’s successful PPP Model- Public Private Partneship should be either replicated by other NGOs and/or the network should be widened/enhanced to cover all.
Eliminating hunger is a challenge that needs all stakeholders’ active involvement & participation.
Feeding a child and educating a child is noble.
Empowering a child to feed self as well as one’s family in the future is nobler.
Even better when such children as future citizens join in this process & help sustain it.
I dream of an India where every child is well-fed & happy.
How wonderful the India of my dreams will be!
Let’s join together if this is also your wish-
Contributing to happy faces fills us with bliss…
This is my third blog post as a part of my & BlogAdda’s Bloggers Social Responsibility.Blog To Feed A Child - I
My other posts:
My other posts:
Blog To Feed A Child - II
The Little Santa
Thanks a lot, Blogadda & Akshaya Patra, for this noble cause & great opportunity.
"Blog to Feed a Child”
For every blog post we write, BlogAdda will sponsor meals for an Akshaya Patra beneficiary for an entire year, as a part of their Bloggers Social Responsibility.
To learn more, be involved and help Akshaya Patra, visit their site- Akshaya Patra