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‘Mid-day meal mela’ promotes kitchen garden benefits

By EMN Updated: Sep 01, 2019 11:00 pm
The ‘mid-day meal mela-2016’ seen here at Peren town’s local ground.

Dimapur, Sep. 1 (EMN): An event that organisers named the “mid day meal mela-2019” was conducted on August 30 in Peren town’s local ground during which the education community was urged to promote nutrition among children through gardening.
The government publicity agency, the department of Information and Public Relations (IPR), gave updates to the media on Sunday informing about the programme.

The programme was initiated by the mid day meal project, directorate of School Education, updates stated.
Advisor for Water Resources Namri Nchang, the special guest of the event, delivered a speech at the event. He was stated to have said that the government of Nagaland was giving its best efforts to uplifting the welfare of children in the state including in the areas of education and nutrition. He talked about malnutrition and addressing micro nutrient deficiencies by consumption of freshly grown vegetables.

Nchang said that ‘school nutrition gardens’ are good places for learning. They are highly practical and direct form of education from which children can learn how to grow ‘good food which not only improves health but also provide opportunities for livelihood and increase self sufficiency.’

Apart from learning practical skills in agriculture and horticulture, gardens are the living laboratory for the study of environmental issues and life science, the IPR explained

According to the legislator, not only children but teachers and village education committees should take the initiative too to encourage people in such movements so that the future generations will have much better knowledge and value the environment. To the teachers and village committees, he urged them to maintain kitchen garden and to ‘make use of it,’ the IPR reported.

Further, the advisor said the mid day meal scheme is a school meal programme of the government of India designed to provide better nutritional support to school children nationwide. The programme supplies free lunch on working days for children of the primary and upper primary classes in government institutions.

The main objectives of the scheme are to help improve the effectiveness of primary education by improving the nutritional status of primary school education. He asked the teachers to dedicate to their duties ‘as they are the builders of children’s future,’ the IPR added.

By EMN Updated: Sep 01, 2019 11:00:41 pm