Nutrition in International Education and Development Debates

The impact of school feeding 1

Authored by: Lesley Drake , Carmen Burbano , Donald Bundy

Routledge Handbook of International Education and Development

Print publication date:  August  2015
Online publication date:  July  2015

Print ISBN: 9780415747547
eBook ISBN: 9781315797007
Adobe ISBN: 9781317752240


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The reciprocal relationship between education, health and nutrition has been recognized for many years: improvements in education are linked to improvements in health, and improvements in health are linked to improvements in learning (Vince-Whitman et al. 2001; Simeon 1998; Semba et al. 2008; Bundy 2011). These relationships have become starker with the success of Education for All efforts, which have been very successful in increasing access to school but less effective in enhancing learning outcomes. Part of the challenge now is that the poorest children and those least likely to access education are also those who suffer most from ill health and hunger and are less able to learn as a result. While traditionally the health sector utilised the school as a platform to deliver interventions that improve health outcomes, there is now increased recognition of the importance of improving educational outcomes with health interventions, particularly school feeding. Providing a meal at school can act as a magnet to get children, especially girls, into the classroom, and continuing provision of daily school meals can keep children in school, which supports achievement of their educational goals.

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