To Press Releases listJun 15, 2015
Maputo, Thursday, 11th June 2015: Nestlé, the world's leading Nutrition, Health and Wellness Company and the Ministry of Education and Human Development launched a unique nutrition education program targeting primary school children. ‘Nestlé Healthy Kids Programme’ in Mozambique, is aimed at improving the nutrition knowledge and promoting healthy lifestyles among school children of 1st, 2nd and 3rd cycle of basic education through the teaching of healthy eating, encouraging physical activity and other key health measures such as hygiene.
The course materials include teachers and students manuals on nutrition which were developed by Nestlé in collaboration with a nutritionist and the Ministry of Education and Human Development to bring knowledge about health and nutrition to Mozambican students.
“Nestlé Healthy Kids Programme, is a global initiative started in 2009, and by the end of 2014, there were 77 programmes operating in 73 countries reaching 7.6 million children. We acknowledge the diverse needs of school going children across different markets, hence the need to tailor this global programme to suit the needs of school going children in Mozambique. We are pleased that the Ministry of Education and Human Development is partnering with us for the successful implementation of this programme” said Diogo Victória, Managing Director of Nestlé Mozambique during the launch.
In Mozambique, the first phase of the Healthy Kids Programme, aims to reach about 84,000 Mozambican children with distribution of books and teaching materials in various schools in Mozambique.
‘Nestlé Healthy Kids programme has been aligned to the current school curriculum, and provides essential teaching materials which helps teachers involve the children in interactive learning about healthy eating, physical exercise, hygiene and sanitation. Our partnership with MINEDH is intended to enhance nutrition education in our schools enabling our children to adopt healthy eating habits’ said Diogo. He also added that Nestlé has trained teacher trainers to provide them with necessary information and skills to reach the teaching community.
“Cases of under nutrition and over nutrition among school going children are rampant, in turn negatively affecting education performance of our children. It is therefore essential that we invest in projects and initiatives that promote a healthy and active lifestyle right from an early age,” said Dr. Jorge Ferrão the Minister of Education and Human Development, adding that schools must actively take up this role to ensure that the wide knowledge gap that exists in the area of nutrition and healthy eating is filled.
Nestlé, as the world leader in Nutrition, Health and Wellness, seeks to raise nutrition, health and wellness awareness and promote physical activity among school age children around the world. The Healthy Kids Programme is important to ensure early inclusion of nutrition education in primary schools leading to a healthier adult life for Mozambicans.