May 22, 2009 – School Health and Nutrition Challenges in Developing Countries
On Friday, May 22, 2009, the Basic Education Coalition held a congressional briefing exploring how issues of health and nutrition impact children’s ability to learn in developing countries around the world. Co-sponsored by Representative Earl Pomeroy (D-ND), the briefing took place from 9:30-10:30 am in 121 Cannon House Office Building.
Poor health and malnutrition remain among the primary barriers to school attendance for millions of children around the world. Furthermore, it has been demonstrated that undernourished and sick children do not learn at their full capacity, even when they do attend school.
Removing these impediments to learning by addressing the health and nutritional needs of school children around the world is a key component of US basic education programs. Members of the Basic Education Coalition discussed their work in several developing countries aimed at ending the disease and malnutrition that threaten to derail the global effort to achieve Education for All
- Dr. Lesley Drake – Deworm the World
- Brad Strickland – American Institutes for Research
- Ezra Simon – World Learning
- Grace Funnell – World Vision
Learn more about how health and nutrition impact school achievement in this fact sheet prepared for the briefing.