Over 128 schools in Kajiado County benefited with CBC learning materials as well as agricultural programmes donated by Nestle Kenya,in collaboration with the ministry of education and the ministry of agriculture.
Under the initiative known as Nestlé for Healthier Kids, programme, the company will covers the cost of printing and distribution of creative educational material for grades 1 – 4, and train teachers on how to integrate the material into classroom lessons.
The material, developed in partnership with Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD), is compliant with the CBC (competency-based curriculum) and aims to foster practical agricultural training and encourage learners to adopt nutritious diets.
In addition to providing the educational materials, Nestlé will supplies the schools with organic fertilizers, seedlings, and further agricultural training to sustain vegetable gardens.
The launch also marked 10 years since the Nestlé for Healthier Kids programme was launched in June 2012 by the ministry of education Education with a view of helping children lead healthier lives and has so far benefitted over 700,000 pupils and 1,500 teachers in 890 schools spread across 8 counties.
Other core activities that take place within the Nestlé for Healthier Kids programme is the construction of the vegetable gardens. The children are taught how to create and build a kitchen garden in school by the Nestlé for Healthier Kids instructors and are also given tips on how to maintain it as well.
The vegetable gardens are a core part of showing the kids a sustainable approach from farm to table which they can replicate at home with their parents.
“The goal of Nestlé for Healthier Kids in Kenya through its campaigns and initiatives is to support parents and caregivers to raise healthier kids and to inspire the children themselves to get involved in preparation of meals and learn the importance of a healthy lifestyle.
We make things fun by using storytelling techniques and involve their teachers as direct partners with us to educate them on the importance of having a balanced diet” said Mr. Ng’entu Njeru, Cluster Head, East and Horn of Africa, Nestlé ESAR.
According to Kajiado county director of education Dr Salome Macharia the donation will go a long way in reviving the famous 4 K clubs in schools but called on the county government to help providing water for irrigation to support the Agricultural projects as they solely rely on in water which is a scarce commodity in the county.
“This is a big boast as we are at an advanced stage of reviving the once famous 4 K clubs in addition to the CBC which encourages pupils to more active and creative in and outside classrooms.
Our main challenge for now is water and we appeal to to the county government to step in and help the schools with water for irrigation to sustain farming projects “said Dr Maina
The Nestlé for Healthier Kids 10-year anniversary was marked by a three-day celebration in Murang’a, Kirinyaga and Kajiado counties. The theme of the celebration is ‘It takes a village to raise a child’ which highlights all the people and stakeholders who have come together from various institutions to make the Nestlé for Healthier Kids programme a success.