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Free Lunches Improve School Attendance

“We noticed that when the school started, many of our students didn’t attend classes so we learned that lunch was the main factor,” he said.
16 Oct 2020 10:59
Free Lunches Improve School Attendance
President and manager of the School and Society for Handicapped, Dorsami Naidu (far right) and assistant president, Anand Ramand, handing over lunch to students at the Nadi Centre for Special Education on October 15, 2020.

The lunch provided by the Nadi Centre for Special Education management has resulted in the 100 per cent attendance at the school.

President and the manager of the school and Society for Handicapped, Dorsami Naidu confirmed the finding on Friday last week after delivering lunch to students there.

Mr Naidu said due to the pandemic the management and the staff had found out that many children were not attending classes, which they thought that lunch would be the main factor.

“It was really an important initiative for the management because some parents may not be able to provide their children with good healthy lunches,” Mr Naidu said.

“We noticed that when the school started, many of our students didn’t attend classes so we learned that lunch was the main factor,” he said.

“But now that we are providing them with lunch we have seen there is now a 99.9 to 100 per cent attendance which is good.”

He said with the support of well-wishers, they would continue to provide lunch throughout the school term until the end of the year.

“The children will be provided with free lunch every day.

“We have got a lot of well-wishers who have also donated for the lunch and this provision will go on to the end of this term.

“We are very happy how people are assisting.” he said.

In addition Mr Naidu said that the preparation of food at the school premises was also a practical lesson for their vocational students.

“The teachers and the staff cook and prepare the food on the premises,” he said.

“At the same time, our vocational students also get to learn how to cook different kinds of meals from their Home Economic teachers.”

Mr Naidu said the programme ensured two things for the students.

“First they are nourished and secondly  get hands on training before they go out into the workforce,” he said.

“These students are all special needs students. They need to be well-nourished in order to perform. We need to look after them and train them because in future there will be job opportunities available for them. We need to ensure that whatever training we provide here in the school assists them make a living for themselves and to be independent,” he added.

The total roll of students in the school is 159.

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