Strengthening Contemporary School Health and Nutrition Programmes in South East Asia

Thai children eating, taken on a visit to a Thai school during the courseFor the first time, an annual short course on strengthening School Health and Nutrition Programmes in Southeast Asia was held in Bangkok, Thailand, from 13th - 17th February 2012. As a result of last year's planning workshop for the meeting, the component of school feeding within SHN was highlighted to be a focus of the course.

The course sought to meet objectives of strengthening regional, national and local partnerships in the SHN community within the Southeast Asia region to further contribute to meeting goals for Education for All as part of the UN Millennium Development Goals.

Evidence based teaching on improving SHN knowledge and the concept of home grown school feeding was given through a number of presentations, and topics were to cover areas of: policy, implementation and strategizing for SHN. The concept of home grown school feeding was introduced on the third day of the course, with presentations and video.  

The course hosted participants from the ministries of education and health from ten countries of the region as well as representatives from WFP, WHO, UNESCO and Save the Children. 

Participants spent considerable time reflecting practically on their own SHN programmes, working in collaboration with fellow country team members to develop realistic, practical and much needed actions to support the achievement of their countries' national SHN goals and objectives. 

Countries represented at the course were: Cambodia, Lao, PDR, Myanmar, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Singapore and Vietnam. 

The inaugural Short Course on School Health and Nutrition Programming in Southeast Asia was hosted by PCD in partnership with Mahidol University, ACIPAC, and the Japan Consortium for Global School Health Research.

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