Students at a programme pledged to take nutritious foods to build themselves as healthy citizens of the country.
Students of Muslin Cotton Mills High School in Kaliganj upazila vowed to ‘eat well and live well’ at the programme titled ‘Bhalo Khabo Bhalo Thakbo’ held on the school premises on Sunday.According to Food Safety Net Services (FSNS) report 2015, 36 percent children (aged 10-18 years) in the country are suffering from malnutrition and 7 percent children have obesity.
Addressing at the event, speakers said adolescents are buying poor quality snack foods that do not prepare to chase their dreams. It is needed to change their habits. So, they pledged to use their tiffin money to buy better quality snacks.
All concerned should work together to change the way food is produced, manufactured and sold so that we can make better quality foods available for the adolescents, they observed.
The adolescents have dreams. It is essential for them to become healthy to fulfill the dreams, they said, calling for strengthening enabling environment to improve adolescent nutrition.
Under the project, ‘Bhalo Khabo Bhalo Thakbo’, being jointly implemented by GAIN and Shornokishoree Network Foundation (SKNF), over 4 lakh students from 1,000 schools across the country took the pledge in the last one year.
Switzerland-based organisation GAIN and SKNF jointly organised the programme today.Nure Zannat, upazila secondary education officer, attended the programme as the chief guest, while Tapos Kumar Das, head master of the High School, was in the chair.