Schoolchildren and their parents celebrated International Family Day

Osh, Kyrgyzstan –To mark the International Family Day WFP in partnership with the Ministry of Education and Science of the Kyrgyz Republic, and with the support from the Russian Industrial Food Service Institute held series of educational events in 14 schools across the country from 4 to 22 May. During the three weeks of the campaign, primary school children and their parents get information on healthy food, well-balanced diets, tips on how to make nutritious menus at home.

Family has a major responsibility not only in providing food for their children but developing their nutrition habits. To strengthen the role of parents in forming healthy eating behaviours and raise awareness WFP is conducting this important campaign. 

During the campaign, children were taught the basics of healthy eating through interactive classroom lessons, where teachers presented the benefits of healthy breakfasts and the importance of fruits and vegetables in their diet through thematic games and role-plays. Through these classes, children perceive information more easily. In the framework of the information, campaign parents had a chance to participate in webinars with nutritional experts on the benefits of breakfast for children and what products to give preference to in preparing meals. The campaign reached more than 870 primary school students and their parents across the country.

Today, the International Family Day will close the campaign In Osh province with a sports event that will unite adults and children in achieving one goal – learning altogether about food security and nutrition while engaging in sports activities.

“WFP always puts family in the center of every activity. Supporting children through school meals or improving the livelihoods of their parents through providing training for job opportunities  - supporting households remains the main priority. Today, we are bringing together parents and children to learn about good eating.” -- said WFP Representative in the Kyrgyz Republic.

The event is held within the framework of the WFP programme on Optimizing School Meals in the Kyrgyz Republic, with financial assistance from the Russian Federation. The programme, implemented since 2013, aims at improving the nutrition in primary schools through enhancing the school infrastructure, strengthening the capacity of the school staff and ensuring well-balanced meals at schools.

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For Information

International Day of the Family was established by the UN General Assembly in 1993 and is celebrated annually on May 15 to draw the attention of the general public to the problems of the family and increase the importance of the family as a unit of society.

To learn more about how to build a balanced diet for a young schoolchild and about the Schoolmeals optimization programme, please visit  tamakash.edu.gov.kg  

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Mr. Andrea Bagnoli
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Mr. Bagnoli A. holds a broad professional experience across emergency and development contexts gained in Mozambique, Haiti, Zimbabwe, Tajikistan and WFP HQ. He worked as the Head of the Emergency Preparedness and Planning Unit in the WFP Headquarters, Head of Sub-Office in Haiti and Programme Officer in Mozambique and is well familiar with the Central Asian regional context as he was serving as Deputy Country Director in Tajikistan.
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