Project: Development of nutrition education programs at public schools and empowerment of women groups

in marginalized communities in rural Belize


Project Overview

The project will improve the health and well-being of 687 students, 15 teachers and 9 parents from 3 public primary schools as well as 24 women and their families (approximately 70 people) in 3 communities in southern Belize:

  • Stann Creek district  - Red Bank and Cowpen
  • Toledo district - Indian Creek

It's expected that 850 people will benefit directly from the project and 8.150 indirectly.




Highlights and Updates


Objectives

  • Improve nutrition and food security education programs at targeted primary schools.
  • Increase awareness and knowledge of nutrition, food security and related issues for teacher, parent, student and women groups.
  • Increase access and capacity to establish and maintain food security and income generation infrastructure for women groups.


Key activities and deliverables

  • To promote healthier lifestyle habits among students the project will work with a summer club and one student club in each school. Clubs will participate in:
    • Lessons that focus in nutrition, food security and hygiene.
    • Coordinated sports sessions.
    • Practical actions to build and manage greenhouses.

  • To increase teachers' capacity  to impart health and nutrition topics to their students the project will implement an intensive workshop that replicates lessons the student clubs will receive and will lead/participate in practical sessions throughout the project. Parents will also be invited to participate in the teachers' workshop and practical actions of the project to further develop school feeding programs as well as PTAs (Parent–teacher associations).
  • To strengthen health and financial stability of women and relatives living in their household the project will work with one women group in each community. Groups will participate in lessons - that focus on nutrition, food security and hygiene - while learning to build and manage  greenhouses and nurseries for trees and flowers.

  • To raise awareness about the importance of nutrition, food security and the project progress, community events will be implemented in each participating village and communication products  will be presented to the general public (via radio and social media). Events will include:
    • Guided visits to  greenhouses and nurseries built.
    • Campaigns with cleaning and tree planting actions.
    • Sport days with health information stands.


Synergies

During project implementation, HPPB will collaborate with:

  • Representatives from Village and Alcalde Councils
  • Extension officers from the Ministry of Agriculture and the Ministry of Health
  • Personnel from public schools from the Ministry of Education

Time Frame

Start: April 2019

End: December 2019

Duration: 9 months



This project co-funded by



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