Gaborone — Food Bank Botswana and Moamogwa Primary School in Mogoditshane have partnered under the Adopt-a-school initiative in effort to help improve students' performance.
The collaboration between two entities saw Food Bank commit to provide nutritional supplement to all pupils in the school in the form of High Energy Nutritional meal called Futurelife.
The package has 20 vitamins and minerals required for daily dietary requirements in children and adults.
Speaking at the Breakfast Club launch recently, on behalf of Ms Botlogile Tshireletso, who is Assistant Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Mr Duks Mafoko said the theme of the occasion,
'Nutrition: the Bridge Between Feeding and Good Health' aimed at mitigating effects of malnutrition, resulting from persistent droughts that were affecting food production at household levels.
"The need to support school feeding programme therefore cannot be over-emphasised for it is a known fact that alleviating short-term hunger in malnourished school children helps to increase concentration and reduce absenteeism by the pupils," he said.
He said Food Bank Botswana Trust being a local civil society organisation with the objective to secure and distribute food to under-privileged members of society, it resonated well with the National Development Goals on Household Food Security and Nutrition.
The goal seeks to ensure access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food at all times to maintain a healthy and productive life to citizens.
"Strengthening stakeholder collaboration for adequate nutrition and food safety provides the foundation for optimal health throughout life," he said.
Further, Mr Mafoko said by adopting Moamogwa Primary School, they were complementing their safety net programmes to alleviate poverty, food insecurity and malnutrition.
"Government single-handedly cannot address the situation and thus requires collaboration with other partners, especially the private and civil society," he added.
For his part, Food Bank Botswana Trust executive director, Mr Kingston Mmolawa highlighted that breakfast was the most important meal of the day because it helped boost metabolism, controlled hunger for the rest of the day and improved memory or concentration, which promoted activeness.
He said it was because of the pool of benefits that the Breakfast Club was initiated as the results for taking a highly nutritious meal included an improved academic performance, sport and other recreational activity, which are a necessity for children's growth.
Mr Mmolawa further highlighted that Food Bank Botswana was concerned with people's well-being with regard to food security and nutrition, adding, 'as a result, we recognise the need for school going children to have breakfast daily without fail as a key element that cannot be emphasised enough."
Futurelife meal will be provided to children on a daily basis before they commenced classes.
The feeding exercise began on May 3 and will continue until the end of term.
However, the exercise with respect to the standard Sevens will continue until they finish their final examinations.
Source : BOPA