AMC puts the spotlight on malnutrition among students

The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) School Board has devised a novel way to address malnourishment among children. It organised a play competition on malnourishment in 450 schools across Ahmedabad where more than 50,000 students from Class I-VIII participated and performed different plays. They had prepared these plays with the help of teachers and parents. While each play was enacted in a different manner, each carried a similar message — the gravity of malnourishment and the ways to fight it.

The project took off in each school with the presentation during parents' meet, held simultaneously in all municipal schools on December 3. The teams were shortlisted from each school after the zone-level competition. The final city-level round, among 300 students representing 19 teams, was concluded on Monday. While one team was from Class I-V, the remaining were from upper primary schools.

Cash awards of Rs 5,000, Rs 3,000 and Rs 2,000 were given to the three winning teams - Mahatma Gandhi Ashram Shala, Behrampura Shala and Asarwa Gujarati Shala, the Number 1, 2 and 3 teams respectively. These teams will also be trained by special choreographers and experts for the presentation during Kankaria Carnival to be held in the last week of December.

"The idea behind this project is to create awareness about malnourishment and send across a message to parents. Students enacted various ways to fight malnourishment and the importance of having a healthy diet. This is for the first time in the history of the AMC school board that such an initiative has been taken. We have been organising debate and elocution competitions among students, but a play competition on malnourishment is for the first time," said AMC School Board chairman Jagdish Bhavsar. He added that the school board was planning to organise a rally by students on malnourishment. "The budget on ways to fight malnourishment among school students has already been allocated," said Bhavsar.

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