Health and education are the basic right of every child. With both being interdependent, there is a need to understand the complexities that the children in India, and the world, face every day. Like you and me, every child deserves an opportunity to learn and grow a healthy life with the presence of basic amenities.
The implementation of concrete steps described in the World Food Program, governments of different countries are taking Sustainable Development Goals very seriously. This is aimed at governing education and health goals of the countries towards their citizens, a step towards a better future. Scores of young children, globally, are affected by life-threatening and serious health conditions. This may include malnutrition, sanitary problems, cancer and AIDS, etc. Having a healthy and nutritious diet will enhance and improve a child’s opportunity to a better life.
India’s mid-day meal programs have helped scores of children get better access to healthy nutritious meals and good education. India’s mid-day meal program is considered to be the largest school meal programme, covering more than 12 crore children in government and government-funded primary schools. With a healthy diet, nearly 18% children were said to have better reading scores and more than 9% were said to have an increase in Maths. This is a harsh reality that needs to be addressed not only in India but across other countries as well.
A healthy school meal program helps students to battle hunger crisis that may affect their studies and learning outcomes. A healthy mid-day meal and better access to education improves the impact of certain schooling efforts and funds as well.
Today, approximately 149 million children under the age of 5 were found to be stunted, around 40 million overweight and a close 49 million wasted. This leads us to believe that despite multiple efforts, the children are being denied their right to basic health and nutrition. Health issues span across many countries where some kids do not even have access to basic sanitation. This affects their growing years and makes them lose out on early childhood development.
Approximately 821 million people go to bed each night without a meal. This makes us wonder whether each country is doing their bit to eradicate hunger, improve health and increase education for all children. This alarming statistic shows that consequences of hunger will lead to under-development of education and health. We need to work on bringing the children of the world a step closer to better education and health. Only we can make a real difference to the future generation of our children. Let us stand together and connect to make this world truly a better place!