Sadly, hunger impacts a child’s school performance. Research demonstrates that children from families who are not sure where their next meal may come from are more likely to have lower performance in class, among other challenges. Studies show that children from homes that lack consistent access to food are more likely to experience developmental impairments.
Hunger is one of the most prominent obstacles hindering effective learning among students.
Food is the fuel necessary to get through a normal day. Calories in food provide energy to carry out regular day-to-day activities. Without an adequate amount of this energy, students may fall asleep in school or lack the energy to pay attention to an entire day of classes. Unfortunately, enrolling children in formal schooling does not guarantee that they are retaining the information from lessons. Children experiencing hunger are more likely to have problems with memory and concentration because they do not have the energy to carry out these functions. Providing a child with an appropriate education gives him or her the tools to be more successful later in life and, increases the potential for economic mobility. But to achieve that, hunger among students must first be combated.
Certain measures can be put in place to help kids that find it hard to feed.
- The school can adopt a feeding program that serves the children breakfast before the first lesson starts.
- Parents can prepare lunch boxes for 3 students aside from their kids.
- Bakeries can coordinate with the school to supply snacks at cheap rates.
- The school can grow simple farm produce on school grounds to sell and exchange for other food needs of the students.
- Awareness can be raised in the community for members to supply certain food or foodstuffs to aid the school feeding program.
If these measures are put in place, it will aid hunger rates to reduce and it will increase students attentiveness, and overall performance in class.