By Kyamanduma Patrick
Experts in food and nutrition are pushing for the integration of nutrition education in routine teaching as one of the ways of guaranteeing food and nutrition security among school going children.
Speaking at a meeting attended by researchers and policy makers today, Dr. Margaret Kabahenda, a lecturer in the Department of Food Technology and Nutrition at Makerere University noted that while government has put a lot of effort in curbing malnutrition among babies, those gains are undone soon after children start school.
She says in Africa, only 20% of school going children are accessing meals at schools and yet in countries like Uganda there is still confusion on whose responsibility the child’s nutrition while at school is, between parents and the school administration. Dr. Margret on Nutrition…
The researchers said they have now developed educational materials together with the National Curriculum Development Center and are piloting the programme in schools located in five districts of Kassanda, Ntoroko, Mpigi, Kyenjojo and Kamwenge. END.