Why Nutrition is Crucial for Learning
When it comes to learning, we often think about the importance of studying, attending classes, and doing homework. But there’s another critical factor that we can’t afford to overlook: nutrition. The food we eat provides our bodies with the fuel we need to function properly, and this is particularly true for growing children. Without access to nutritious food, children may struggle to concentrate, retain information, and develop the cognitive skills they need to succeed.
Hunger impacts a child’s chance to succeed
Hunger can be a major barrier to success when it comes to learning, which is why the Education Department provides some food at schools, through their school feeding scheme.
With record levels of food inflation and increasing unemployment and poverty, many families are not able to feed their children without our help. A rising number of South Africans go to bed hungry at night. According to statistics, the average cost of feeding a child is in South Africa is R830 per month, while the Child Support Grant is just R350 per month.
Children who experience poor nutrition may struggle to concentrate in school, have difficulty retaining information, and may suffer from low energy levels and poor academic performance. Research also shows that students who experience hunger are more likely to miss school and have lower test scores than their well-fed peers. Which ultimately affects their future prospects.
This is why KILT’s food drive is so crucial. By donating dry foods you can help give Knysna’s kids the basic foods they need to do well in school, to grow strong and healthy, and to achieve their dreams.