Generally, hunger affects our ability to concentrate and understand as humans, how much more a child?
Child malnutrition impacts on education attainment. The degree of cognitive impairments is directly related to the severity of stunting and Iron Deficiency Anaemia. Stunted children in the first two years of life have lower cognitive test scores, delayed enrollment, higher absenteeism and more class repetition compared with non-stunted children. Vitamin A deficiency reduces immunity and increases the incidence and gravity of infectious diseases resulting in increased school absenteeism.
Nutrition, particularly in the short-term, is believed to impact individual behavior, (e.g. concentration, activity levels). These behaviors have the potential to affect school performance and interaction with peers and to compromise self-esteem
How can a child go to school and study without the necessary nutritious food needed for assimilation and brain development?
As part of our core agenda to ensure that every child in Lagos is eating healthy, Lagos Food Bank is embarking on a School Feeding project named:EDUFOOD ( Education Enhancement Intervention for Food Insecure Students ) The aim of the project is to encourage school attendance, reduce dropout rates, develop the student’s health, and increase their ability to concentrate and comprehend in class.
The Motivation for the Project:
In the words of the Lagos Food Bank President Michael Sunbola ” I went to School severally on empty stomach as a child. My teachers knew me and sometimes offered me food for lunch. Let us visit some public primary schools and ask their teachers to help identify pupils who are food insecure in order to profile them for assistance. ”
Who is eligible?
The extremely poor, vulnerable and food insecure children in the poorest Public Primary and Secondary Schools in Lagos, Nigeria. The project will also accommodate private schools that serve the less privileged communities.
How it works?
With the permission of the School Management, LFBI would be working closely with the Government-Approved Food Vendors already operating in the Schools premises. The Food Vendors are paid a certain sum of money partly in advance for each identified vulnerable student to be provided with one meal daily during lunch for the whole the term or longer depending resources available per time.
How do we identify the extremely poor and vulnerable students?
Lagos Food Bank will be working closely with the class teachers, headmasters, principals and the management of the Schools to help identify the students in the schools who satisfy the criteria of “extremely poor, vulnerable and food insecure”. Our findings having visited a few schools reveal that the class teachers have more knowledge about students who come to class on empty stomach along with the parents of the food insecure students, and also know the person in particular, would be able to identify those students who are consistently absent as a result of hunger and food insecurity. The teachers play a key role in identification and enrollment of vulnerable students.
How do we monitor and evaluate our impact:
We would follow up monthly with the students, teachers and the school Food Vendors to ensure that the student is fed each day of school. Students will be supported to participate actively in the programme, monitoring and reporting their respective welfare to the teachers daily that they have collected the meal for the day. The teachers in turn would then give Lagos Food Bank an adequate report of each student.
Purpose of Monitoring and Evaluation:
The purpose of the evaluation is to provide evidence-based information on achievements and impacts (both intended and unintended) of the intervention on the lives of the beneficiary children, girls and boys of different age groups, the parents, the families, and on the capacity of approved school vendors to effectively provide the needed nutritious meal per day –. It should carefully analyse attribution of the impacts to the project and measure the magnitude of the impacts.
How many Students are we feeding?
We are starting with 50 students each in 5 Schools totaling up to 250 students for the 1st term.
Why do we need YOU?
According to our survey, a full plate of food enough to satisfy an average person cost between N200-N300. We need YOU to sponsor a meal or as many meals as you can! The more sponsors for the food scholarship, the more students we are able to reach with healthy meals, decrease school absences, improve their nutrition, concentrate in class and increase their chances of getting an education.
Account Name: LAGOS FOOD BANK INITIATIVE
0463977946 – GTB
1016014957 – ZENITH BANK
1020057249 – UBA
0106793890- Union Bank
0002221706- Standard Chartered
With YOU, we are always able to so much more than we think!
Help us feed a hungry student today!