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The Healthy Nutrition Week has started in the Sughd region of Tajikistan

On March 14, WFP in Tajikistan and SIFI launched the Healthy Nutrition Week at School No.34, Bobojon, Gafurov District, Sughd Region. The event is timed to coincide with the celebration of the International School Meals Day and is aimed at interactively teaching children the basics of a healthy lifestyle and rational nutrition.

This working week for more than 700 primary school students at school No.34 will be an exciting immersion in the world of healthy eating. Children will take part in a thematic competition of drawings and crafts, complete the healthy habits trackers, and together with teachers conduct interesting experiments that will reveal the secrets of human body health.

The event will end with an interactive performance featuring characters from the world of food, as well as sports competitions where children can compete in mindfulness, stamina and speed games.

Healthy Nutrition Week is designed to remind parents, teachers and everyone who is responsible for feeding kids at home and at school that good eating habits are easiest and most reliable to establish from childhood. Helping children to take care of their health from an early age, adults lay the foundation for their prosperous future!

The event is carried out as part of the School Feeding Programme, which is implemented in Tajikistan by WFP and SIFI technical support.

Today, the Programme provides daily school meals for more than 400,000 primary school students in 2,000 schools in 52 districts and cities of the country. Each school day these students receive hot nutritious soup with a traditional fortified flour bun.

The main ingredients of the soup are provided by the UN WFP: beans, fortified butter, iodized salt and vegetables. At the local level, parents and school PTAs (association of parents and teachers) try to provide schools with an additional set of products to diversify the school menu.

The government of the country provides financial support to the UN WFP programme, covering the costs of organizing school meals: wages for school cooks, canteen workers, electricity costs.

Currently, WFP and SIFI are assisting the Government in the development of a sustainable National School Feeding Programme that meets international quality standards.