Updated: Aug 7, 2019
Education is every child’s right irrespective of where he or she is from. Sadly, India is a country where people stand in huge lines to get admission forms, and spend a fortune on their child’s education. But there are also people who can’t afford to send their children to school. Despite the government’s initiatives regarding education, in India, about 85 million children between the ages of 5-6 are unable to attend school due to financial instability.
India’s mid-day meal scheme is the world’s largest school meal programme, covering nearly 120 million children in government funded elementary schools. This initiative encourages children to attend school as parents in turn save money on food & education. But despite this overwhelming number, there are a large number of non-governmental schools that do not provide meals, hence hampering student attendance.
Feeding India wanted to tackle this problem by developing a project that ensures children in schools are fed nutritious and fresh meals on a daily basis. This brought into existence our ‘Poshan To Paathshala’ program which provides children with meals during their school hours as an incentive to stay in school, and tracking their nutritional intake.
We adopted non governmental schools in slums and motivated economically constrained parents in the vicinity to send their children to school. Freshly cooked food or raw grains are served to 50 - 250 needful children in our partnered slum schools, which includes children aged 5 - 12 years who would otherwise go to labor sites to work.
100% of Feeding India's education programs witness 90% new student enrolments within 6-8 months and 93.8% of the teachers felt that there was an overall academic improvement in students and the class attendance also increased by 80%.