The right to nourished food and education is a vital right for all children. Healthy
educated children build an economic, social and culturally developed society.
Our government and many NGO’s actively
participate in providing the vital rights and in improving the quality of health and education of the poor
children in India. Some NGO’s like Akshaya patra foundation headquartered in Bangalore, India strive to
fight issues like hunger and malnutrition by implementing the mid-day meal
scheme in the government schools and
aided schools. They also aim to bring children to school and educate them. The
NGO is constantly leveraging technology to cater to millions of children
through its state-of-the art kitchens. Many
philanthropic donors and well-wishers, business houses contribute to such NGO’s
to build a healthy and educated society.
We still need to bump our resources for this
mammoth task. Apart from donations used for meals, inititatives can be taken to eliminate the classroom hunger by growing
food. NGO’s can co-ordinate with schools to grow their own food. Each and every school can utilize the space in
the ground or use container gardening in terraces and little sunny spaces to grow organic food. The kitchen trash
generated in community kitchens of
mid-day meals can be utilized for composting . The organic food can be grown by
the children themselves as part of outdoor learning. The produce reaped from
outdoor learning can be utilized for the mid-day meals thus saving substantial
amount on raw materials.
By doing this, not only are we meeting the
food demands and food security ,we are also educating the children on
environmental sustainability,reducing the carbon foot prints and saving our precious resources . It is usually
a small group of people who bring about a change and
with little hands growing their own food
and getting educated, there is
hope….of a better tomorrow.