Last Updated on Friday, 20 February 2015 08:07
An innovative free School Meals Planner tool has been launched at a special plenary session of a leading global school feeding conference. The online and offline tool will for the first time enable users to plan and create nutritionally balanced and fully costed school meals using locally available food.
Creating a nutritionally balanced school menu using local ingredients is not an easy thing to do, especially when you are working within a tight budget. This is doubly true when the children relying on your school meals are from communities where food insecurity is high and malnutrition and anaemia are common conditions.
The School Meals Planner is the first tool of its kind to show the macro and micronutrient contents of cooked meals made from locally procured ingredients.
A new behavioural change (BCC) campaign is currently underway in Ghana to encourage schoolchildren to eat well and to take on healthy hygiene habits.
As part of the campaign, representatives from 13 NGOs in Ghana were recently trained by Imperial College London's Partnership for Child Development (PCD) to deliver the campaign across 395 communities in Ghana - targeting community events, churches, mosques and other locations.
During the training PCD outlined how materials such as t-shirts and posters should be used by campaign volunteers in communities to encourage nutritious eating habits, diet diversification and good health and hygiene of schoolchildren and their families.
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