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Nutrition Toolkit Tool #10 - School Nutrition

This guide is designed to assist those engaged in the process of creating new SFPs or seeking to improve the effectiveness of on-going ones. It is based on a review of the SFP research and program literature from the last decade. The guidelines include:
  • A brief rationale for addressing nutrition and health in schoolchildren. This section provides the context for this guide by briefly summarizing the role that health and nutrition of school children can play in learning. The reader is referred to Class Action: Improving School Performance in the Developing World through Better Health and Nutrition, for a detailed discussion of this subject.
  • A summary of the potential benefits of SFPs for education. This section reviews the research literature that provides evidence that SFPs can improve educational quality and efficiency. References to the key literature that has documented the benefits of SFPs to education are provided. For additional references, Annex 1 contains an annotated bibliography of the majority of the literature related to SFPs from the last decade.
  • Seven recommendations for building effective SFPs as an integral part of a package of nutrition and health interventions for school-age children. The following sections are the core of the guide. They discuss steps to take to implement the recommendations aimed at enhancing the impact of SFPs on education. Program examples, both successes and failures, are presented to assist the reader in understanding the potential advantages of as well as the caveats in implementation. Specific data also are provided on the costs and rations of actual programs. This information is to provide a point of reference for other programs.

Implementing these guidelines should help to generate programs that are more effective and efficient in contributing to educational objectives. Click here for full report.

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