Pupils of Duabone R/C Primary School, a beneficiary school in the Agona
East District, of the Central Region of Ghana, now grow and eat more
vegetables, to maintain a healthier lifestyle, thanks to the collaboration
between Nestlé and the Ghana Education Service, as part of implementation
Nestlé for Healthier Kids
Under the Nestlé for Healthier Kids, a global flagship programme,
the company is supporting parents and caregivers on their journey to raise
healthier kids. At Nestlé, we believe that by helping new generations eat
and drink better and move more, we enhance quality of life and contribute
to a healthier future. The company has set an ambition to help 50 million
children lead healthier lives by 2030.
In Ghana, the nutrition education component of Nestle for Healthier Kids
helps to raise nutrition and health knowledge and promotes physical
activity among school-aged children. The programme is implemented with
additional key modules such as vegetable gardening, healthy hydration,
physical activities, and nutrition quiz. The Vegetable Gardening module
teaches Pupils the importance of including vegetables in daily food intake,
and how to grow them using the right farming tools and methods.
2017 Ghana micronutrient survey
recently published highlights that 35% of children are anaemic with
concurrent iron deficiency, with vitamin A deficiency affecting about 25%
of pre-school children.
In order to help curb malnutrition, there is the need for organizations to
rise up to the challenge with innovative means to help children have access
to key nutrients in their daily food intake and proper care for their
growth and wellbeing.
According to Head Teacher of the School, Mr. Lawrence Nyame, Duabone R/C
Primary School is under the School feeding program, thus vegetables grown
are added to other produce to cook for the Pupils. He noted that the pupils
have learnt a lot from the module and some have their own gardens, which
they spend time on during vacations and use produce for food at home.
Happy Awugya is a Class 6 Pupil of the school who finds the Vegetable
Gardening an exciting activity. “Through the lessons provided, I now know
how to grow vegetables. I own a garden at home where I grow, carrot, chili
pepper, and okro. I harvest them from time to time to support cooking in
the house. I have also learnt that vegetables offer the human bodies
vitamins needed for growth and staying healthy”.
Since inception of the Nestlé’s programme in 2011, a total of 23,974 pupils
have been reached. Nutrition education is embedded in classroom lessons and
physical outdoor activities delivered by teachers and supervisors, who have
been trained on the modules developed by Nestle in collaboration with the
University of Ghana Nutrition and Food Science Department and the
Curriculum and Research Department of the Ghana Education Service. About
7,014 children have participated in the Vegetable Gardening module planting
okro, carrot and chili pepper.
“We are on course to achieving our ambition through nutrition education,
helping children make healthier food choices, and fortifying our products
with the necessary micronutrients to address deficiencies”, said Mrs. Freda
Duplan, Managing Director of Nestlé Ghana.
Apart from learning how to grow vegetables, the module also encourages
consumption, and provides hands on experience on what goes in to the
production of fruits and vegetables. It generates sense of pride and great
excitement for the pupils during harvest of their produce.
Nestlé for Healthier Kids is in line with the UN Sustainable Development
Goal 2 and 3, which respectively seek to end hunger, achieve food security
and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture as well as
ensure healthy lives and promotes well-being for all at all ages.