JERUSALEM – The United Nations World Food Program (WFP), in partnership with the Palestinian Ministry of Education (MoE) and implementing partner Juzoor, has concluded the first summer activity focused on nutritional health for approximately 80 schoolgirls in two schools in the West Bank and Gaza.
The Nutrition Ambassadors pilot project is part of WFP’s Social Behavior Communications Change (SBCC) initiative, which aims to prevent high rates of anemia and support healthy diets in the West Bank and Gaza through awareness, advocacy and community engagement.
WFP and the Ministry of Education are introducing this school program to help combat high rates of anemia, which are exacerbated by poor dietary habits and currently affect 20% of Palestinian school-aged children. The summer camp includes nutrition education activities and involves climate-smart agriculture school gardens, which aim to encourage healthy eating habits among younger generations and educate them on environmentally friendly practices.
A team of professionals have come together to support and implement activities using “edutainment strategies” that engage young people to apply and champion nutrition, health, mental health and climate-friendly practices in their homes, schools and communities.
Participating schoolgirls participate in nutrition-focused group discussions, cooking sessions, hands-on gardening sessions, arts and crafts classes, sports and exercise classes, and personal hygiene sessions.
“Adolescent girls and boys are ambassadors of change and investing in them is an investment in the future they will shape and lead,” says Samer Abdeljaber, WFP Representative and Country Director in Palestine. “We are very happy to launch and implement the first specialized nutrition summer camp in Palestine under the leadership of the Ministry of Education. WFP will continue to work with the ministry and other stakeholders to expand this intervention to other schools and localities in the West Bank and Gaza.
While food aid can save lives in emergencies, the right nutritional knowledge can change lives and break the cycle of food insecurity. The CCSC approach integrates interpersonal communication, social change, advocacy and community engagement to help communities adopt high-impact nutrition practices.
WFP provides food assistance to 371,293 people in the West Bank and Gaza Strip through direct food distributions and cash transfers. In addition, WFP also supports long-term resilience through vocational training, skills-based employment opportunities and home-based agricultural assets to improve the food security and nutritional needs of the most vulnerable Palestinian households and the poor. more affected. WFP also works with partners, donors and local institutions to provide technical support to improve their capacities and preparedness.
# # #
The United Nations World Food Program is the world’s largest humanitarian organization, saving lives in emergencies and using food aid to chart a path to peace, stability and prosperity for people recovering. of conflict, disaster and the impact of climate change.
Follow us on Twitter at @wfp_mena and @wfp_media
For more information, please contact (email address: [email protected]):
Nour Hammad, WFP/Jerusalem,
Crowd. +970 59 4886659