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  1. Water, sanitation, and primary school attendance: a multi-level assessment of determinants of household-reported absence in Kenya

    This cross-sectional analysis examined the influence of school and household water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) conditions on recent primary school absence in light of other individual, household, and school characteristics in western Kenya. School latrine cleanliness was the only school WASH factor associated with reduced odds of absence. The marginal effect of household characteristics, such as distance to water source, child involvement in water collection, and presence of a latrine, differed by gender. …

  2. A chance for every schoolchild: partnering to scale up school health and nutrition for human capital; WFP School Feeding Strategy 2020-2030

    In this strategy (2020-2030) WFP lays out its vision of working with governments and partners to jointly ensure that all primary schoolchildren have access to good quality meals in school, accompanied by a broader integrated package of health and nutrition services. The first section of this document reviews evidence that the investment in the health and nutrition of schoolchildren is important and it also highlights that it is a systematically neglected issue, especially in low-income countries. …

  3. Health and physical education in the national curriculum: key stage 2 (grade 4, 5 & 6)

    The Syllabus is presented in four strands personality and social development, growth development and health awareness, health of individual and community and physical fitness. Sub-strands include topics such as body awareness, nutrition, common disease and disorders, personal identity, relationship, resilience, environment health, personal hygiene, safety at home school and community, fundamental movement skills, educational gymnastic and swimming. …

  4. Health and physical education in the national curriculum: key stage 1; grade: 1, 2 and 3

    The Syllabus is presented in four strands personality and social development, growth development and health awareness, health of individual and community and physical fitness. Out of these four strands, physical fitness strands aims to inculcate an active life throughout the life span with engagement in exercise and games which are needed for a healthy living. At the completion of the syllabus the child becomes a young person who is resilient has emotional strength and perseveres in the face of challenges and manifests courage, optimism, adaptability and resourcefulness.

  5. Exploring health & PE: teacher's guide 3

    Health and Physical Education Teacher’s Guide includes teaching ideas and strategies that can be used to trigger, reinforce and enrich students understanding of the concepts being taught. The book will assist the teachers to implement the Health and Physical Education Syllabus for Key Stage 1. A strong emphasis is laid on developing concepts, skills, values and attitudes. It encourages the teachers to adopt a variety of teaching approaches to facilitate and enhance learning. …

  6. Exploring health & PE: teacher's guide 2

    Health and Physical Education Teacher’s Guide includes teaching ideas and strategies that can be used to trigger, reinforce and enrich students understanding of the concepts being taught. The book will assist the teachers to implement the Health and Physical Education Syllabus for Key Stage 1. A strong emphasis is laid on developing concepts, skills, values and attitudes. It encourages the teachers to adopt a variety of teaching approaches to facilitate and enhance learning. …

  7. Exploring health & PE: teacher's guide 1

    Health and Physical Education Teacher’s Guide includes teaching ideas and strategies that can be used to trigger, reinforce and enrich students understanding of the concepts being taught. The book will assist the teachers to implement the Health and Physical Education Syllabus for Key Stage 1. A strong emphasis is laid on developing concepts, skills, values and attitudes. It encourages the teachers to adopt a variety of teaching approaches to facilitate and enhance learning. …

  8. Food for thought? Experimental evidence on the learning impacts of a large-scale school feeding program

    There is limited experimental evidence of the impact of large-scale, government-led school meals programs on educational achievements. The authors report results from a nationwide randomized trial of the Government of Ghana’s school feeding program. After two years, program availability led to moderate increases in test scores for the average pupil, and to remarkable learning and cognitive gains for girls, and children from the poorest households and regions. Increases in enrolment, attainment, and shifts in time spent at school constituted mechanisms for impact. …

  9. Food for thought? Experimental evidence on the learning impacts of a large-scale school feeding program in Ghana

    There is very limited experimental evidence of the impact of large-scale, government-led school meals programs on child educational achievements in Sub-Saharan Africa. The authors address this gap by reporting treatment effects from a nationwide randomized trial of the Government of Ghana’s school feeding program (GSFP) on children’s math and literacy, cognition (problem-solving ability and working memory), and composite scores of overall attainments. …

  10. School feeding and learning achievement: evidence from India’s Midday Meal Program

    We study the effect of the world’s largest school feeding program on children’s learning outcomes. Staggered implementation across different states of a 2001 Indian Supreme Court Directive mandating the introduction of free school lunches in public primary schools generates plausibly exogenous variation in program exposure across different birth cohorts. We exploit this to estimate the effect of program exposure on math and reading test scores of primary school-aged children. …

  11. Guatemalan school food environment: impact on schoolchildren's risk of both undernutrition and overweight/obesity

    Guatemala suffers the double burden of malnutrition with high rates of stunting alongside increasing childhood overweight/obesity. This study examines the school food environment (SFE) at low-income Guatemalan elementary schools and discusses its potential impact on undernutrition and overweight/obesity. From July through October 2013, direct observations, in-depth interviews with school principals (n = 4) and food kiosk vendors (n = 4, 2 interviews each) and also focus groups (FGs) with children (n = 48, 8 FGs) were conducted. …

  12. Schools for Health in Ireland: co-ordinator’s handbook for developing a health promoting school. Primary

    This co-ordinator’s handbook has been developed to assist schools with the implementation of the framework for developing a health promoting school at primary level.

  13. Schools for Health in Ireland: framework for developing a health promoting school. Primary

    This framework has been developed by an inter-departmental group to support and guide those interested and involved in what can be done to promote health in primary schools. It provides a brief outline of the ideas behind the Health Promoting School (HPS). In addition, it explains how and why the promotion of health and well-being in schools is important. Health promotion in schools can be defined as any activity undertaken to improve and/or protect the health of all school users. It is, therefore, a broader concept than health education. …

  14. School feeding and girls’ enrollment: the effects of alternative implementation modalities in low-income settings in sub-Saharan Africa

    BACKGROUND: School feeding interventions are implemented in nearly every country in the world, with the potential to support the education, health and nutrition of school children. In terms of impact on school participation, there is little evidence to show that different school feeding modalities have different effect sizes. OBJECTIVE: To examine the influence of different school feeding modalities on primary school enrollment, particularly for girls, in 32 countries across sub-Saharan Africa. …

  15. Manual on healthy eating for school-age children for use by teachers, peer educators, health and other extension workers

    This ‘Manual on Healthy Eating for School-Age Children’ has been prepared for basic education schools (kindergarten, primary, and junior high schools) in Ghana to improve the health of school-age children (aged 4 to 15 years). It is intended to be used by teachers, peer educators, health workers and other extension workers. Though nutrition forms part of the school curriculum, children leave school with very little knowledge on healthy eating habits, and on the required amounts and quantities of food needed to have the nutrients for their bodies to grow and develop. …

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