History & Objectives:
The School Nutrition Project is another form of school awareness similar to the school garden project. It addresses the same community of teachers, students and their parents to provide them with the proper knowledge and skills necessary to reach a healthy, environmental, economically sound nutritional conduct. After the formation of a well-educated and powerful nucleus, the policy of nutrition will be tackled at a national level rather then only at the limited school’s level.
- The project started late 2001, and a hired professional conducted a survey including around 50 schools (public and private) spread around the country. The survey assessed the current situation of the nutritional policy in schools and determined around 15 schools interested in the project and willing to change their school nutrition habits.
- In 2002, a 3-days workshop was attended by twelve instructors representing 11 active schools from the 5 Lebanese Districts and 12 Green Line members. The workshop aimed at identifying active institutions and tutors, starting an active nucleus and setting the priorities for the coming years. Many topics were covered during the workshop including food alternatives and their availabilities; food security, the role of the educators, parents, children, and governmental written and spoken media.
- The committee decided to consider the first year a pilot period, in which coordination of activities, assessment of needs, and the sharing of experiences between the partner schools is the major objective.
- The School Nutrition Committee organized a three-day capacity building workshop on the Basic Approaches and Methods in Project Planning from September 12-14, 2003 at the Notre Dame du Mont – Adma. The School Nutrition committee members, representatives from the Ministry of Education, in addition to nutritionists attended the workshop which presented the different principles in policy making with focus on health promotion and nutrition.
The Committee organized a Training of Trainers (ToT) workshop for teachers, administrative staffs and parents from 30 new schools on February 20-22, 2004 . The attendees (60 persons) were trained, by committee members, on the School Nutrition concept and were encouraged to initiate such a program in their schools. In addition, educational materials including a booklet (Little Green Eating Healthy) and a poster (food pyramid) were distributed to the attendance.
Little Green Eating Healthy – download pdf booklet: