by James Morris, WFP
Article in The Daily Nation (Kenyan Newspaper) October 14, 2006
“Our chhildren are growing up in an increasingly competitive world – one where the race to the top starts earlier than ever.
In Japan and most of the West, schoolchildren take tests at an early age that set the pace for the rest of their lives. These are a litmus test that determine the future of a child.
As parents, we do anything to help our children through this rigorous process. Some of us spend huge sums on private education. Others move house to qualify for the best schools. And it doesn’t stop there. Tutoring, remedial classes, music lessons, study abroad, IQ testing and anything else is done to give the child an extra edge in life.
In the developed world, people also worry about proper nutrition for the children and exercises to ward off obesity. But while we are happy to talk about healthy bodies and healthy minds, it has been a long time since we had to worry about our children getting little or no food at all.
Unfortunately, for some 400 million children in the poorest countries, malnutrition is still the burning issue. This is not “merely” a question of a child going hungry, being underweight, unhealthy or physically stunted from malnutrition.
Researchers now have documented that young children who are malnourished tend to grow up with significantly lower IQ than those who are well-fed – putting them behind the curve, in our competitive world, from the outset. (…)
There is nothing wrong with wanting the best for our children; it would be unnatural to wish otherwise. But next time you upgrade your child’s laptop or book those extra tuition sessions, spare a thought for the millions of children whose fingers will never touch a keyboard – children who will be lucky to learn basic literacy and math. (…)
WE can make a difference. There is more than enough food in the world.”
YOU can make a difference. Help us save the lives of our FIVE new hungry, traumatized, sick and unhappy children at the Nest.