Ading an orchard improves feeding and learning of boys and girls in two schools of Piura.
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school in Pozo Oscuro Antiguo in Bernal, Lower Piura Valley, Peru, is
improving the feeding quality of the students by cropping its own
orchard. Look at more photos.
Photo provided by Qali Warma (Piura)
Piura, Peru -
Vegetables for breakfast, and school breakfast also. That don't excite
around many boys and girls but that ingestion could balance the first
meal of the day what is traditionally formed by carbohydrates and some
At 20136 School in Bernal(Sechura), 17 students have vegetables as a complement to the breakfast provided by Qali Warma (Strong Child in English) programme, adminisstered by the Peru's Ministry of Social Development and Inclusion (MIDIS as in Spanish). In Piura Region, the programme covers 281668 cboys and girls at 4067 public schools.
breakfast are usually formed by milky products or oat plus some portion
of carbohydrate as bread or egg in the best case. It is not
enough so enriching it can follow depending on government relief, or an
extra effort of parents and school despite.
That's why in Bernal they started to make an 1,5-hectare or 3,5-acre school orchard , helped by the World Food Programme,
which assigned to Food Supply and Nutritional Promotion Project (Prosan
as in Spanish) in Sechura, that brought technical assistance, tools and
seeds. The cropped products are broccoli, beet, carrot, tomato, and
beans among others.
Bernal is rimming Sechura Desert, 39 km or 24 miles away the south of Piura City and 16 km or 10 miles away the northeast of Sechura City.
principal and School Feeding Committee (CAE as in Spanish( president
Vilma Gallo Vásquez is pretty satisfied: "The communitarian work
done by the parents have allowed the children can improve
their feeding, and that contributed to improve their learning."
co-ordinator Víctor Hugo Farfán Reyes told to
FACTORTIERRA.NET that along Sechura Province, child's chronicle
malnutrition meant 26,4% of kids in 2015 , reducing it to 19,4%
in 2016. Meanwhile, anemia meant 73,1% in 2015 reducing it to
46,5% in 2016. "In anemia case, it's about a short-term work," he
Because of the
orchard, the school in Bernal has been recognized by Sechura's
educational Management Unit (UGEL as in Spanish), distinction that
allowed it to participate at CAE Regional Summit in Piura City, last
July 13th and 14th, next to another one what also will represent
the whole region at CAE National Summit because of a bio-orchard
implementation, solid residues management by recycling and good hygiene
school in Ramón Castilla, Huancabamba City, Peru, got to integrate its
orchard to a recycling initiative that is allowing to fundraise more
food and suppplies for the students. Look at more photos.
Photo provided by Qali Warma (Piura).
In fact, 235 km
or 146 miles away the east and almost 1960 meters or 6430 feet
above, the same experience repeats at 14408 Virgen de las Mercedes
School in Huancabamba City.
They are 459
students, 364 in elementary and 65 in kindergarten, who consume their
food plus the orchard crop daily. Among the crops we find leek,
lettuce, coriander, spring onion, avocado, carrot, tomato, beet,
cucumber, and even medicinal plants.
principal and CAE president Elizabeth Gómez Benites mentioned
they have though convenient to reinforce Qali Warma feeding,
strenghtening healthy diets for the students to take advantage of food
to the best.
The teacher also
affirms that the combination has improved the learning of the students.
Actually, the schools assures having got the best educational
achievements in elementary and kindergarten across Huancabamba's ugel.
Significant triumphs those whoever opens up the apetite. So what do you think? Vegetables for your breakfast?
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