We fail to praise South Africa’s national school nutrition Programme’s success in producing graduates for South Africa, because we dwell too much on failures.
Let us stop the culture of seeing the negative in everything and applaud when tasks are executed successfully.
For the past 15 years, the nutrition programme has enhanced the learning capacity of schoolchildren by providing one healthy meal a day at low-income schools.
More than half the learners at public schools in the country are from low-income families. Unable to afford lunch boxes, the majority of them would go to school empty-handed and go hungry during lunch breaks.
Nothing can distract a learner in a classroom as easily as hunger and starvation.
I don’t care how much you enjoy being inside school premises, once you are hungry you are likely to lose concentration and become drowsy, and that’s a barrier between you and your learning process.
This was the story of poverty and hunger in our nation’s schools, as witnessed every day by teachers, principals and staff.