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A school in Piura highlands celebrates learning achievements, but waht about the rest of the region?
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The school was already recognized after using an orchard to improve nutritional variety of a government food programme.
Photo by Qali Warma
HUANCABAMBA, Peru - As FACTORTIERRA.NET told it, one of the successful cases inside Piura
Region about a school optimizing a feeding government programme
is 14408 Virgen de las Mercedes, which parents and teachers
incorporated a plan of hygiene good practices and solid residue
management. But, what about achievements in learning terms?
According to Qali Warma Programme, only in reading comprehension, the progress is almost 30% during the last three years.
In 2014, 54,3%
of evaluated 2nd-grade students understood the texts they red. Now in
2017, from 73 evaluated 2nd-grade students, 60 (82,2%) understand what
they read. Additionally, 51 students (69,9%) are capable to reason and
to use strategies for solving Maths problems.
contacted local Education authorities to obtain annual
statistics, so analyzing advances in detail but and answer
was not sent to us. However, an official assured the progress is
notavle along the jurisdiction and Qali Warma shared us the following
Meanwhile in 4th
grade, from evaluated 59 students, 84,7% (50 students) understand what
they read and 86,4% (51 students) reason and solve Maths problems.
Again, we could not access to prior statistics that allowed us a basis
and annual growth as well. However, Qali Warma provided us the
The results were
gotten during the last Students Census evaluation (ECE as in Spanish),
those Qali Warma attributes to the nutritional quality improving, what
we could not verify independently.
school's principal Tomasa Gómez de Adrianzén, "the kids listen to the
classes with more atention, are much awaken, they are only worried
about catching what teachers teach." She adds they apparently
have become more productive because one of their tasks consists in
reaching better scores.
Only at this
school, Qali Warma provides breakfast and lunch to 459 children, 364 in
elementary and 95 in kindergarten. Across Piura Region, the program
covers 281668 children at 4067 public kindergarten and elementary
Peruvian Government and regional governments , like Piura, have
launched programmes to fiht child anemia and malnutrition, especially
in 6-month-old to 3-year-old children.
premise sustains that during that lapse of life, the brain bases its
development so if it is not fed adequately could impact in a negative
manner on the physiology of teaching-learning process.
Quoting results of National Institute for Statistics and Informatics' National Demographic Survey on Health (2015), La República
newspaper affirmed that "almost 36% of 6-month-old to
36-month-old children got anemia and 20,3% of under-5-year-old children
got chronic malnutrition," in other words, about 37000 kids or the
equivalent to 0,2% of Piura population (estimated 1,85 million). In Huancabamba Province, the Ministry of Health found 40,9% got chronic malnutrition in 2015.
Across Piura, it
might say that anemia and chronic malnutrition are distributed equaly
in all provinces, although certain prevalence at the Andes.
Government has tried to decrease the levels through the free
distribution of mycronutrients at health posts, but at the places where
they were delivered, the families had not received adequate
instructions about how to administer them or they simply did not
administer them. In other places, regional officials recognized they
were not delivered them to the posts neither.
solution suggested by the World Food Programme to fight the child
anemia has been incorporating the chicken's blood and liver into
the diet of poorest families. As they are rich in iron (due to
hemoglobine), there are favorable results in control of height and
weight, La República reported.
If the model of
Virgen de las Mercedes School has worked, maybe the next step is
replying it as much as the existent resources allow it.
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