Ten schools from the six area councils in FCT would participate in the Nestlé for Healthier Kids (N4HK) Nutrition Quiz Competition launched in Abuja.
The quiz competition was inaugurated on Tuesday in Kuje Area Council, by Nestle Nigeria in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, Education and Nutrition Society of Nigeria.
Mrs Edidiong Peters, Public Affairs Specialist of Nestle said that N4HK incorporates a school-based nutrition education programme, which equips children to make better nutrition decisions from an early age for a healthier future.
According to her, Nestlé for Healthier Kids (N4HK) is the company’s flagship initiative aimed at helping 50 million children globally live healthier lives by 2030 and beyond.
“The Nutrition Quiz is a core part of the N4HK programme to enhance, recall and retain lessons learnt by the students in their schools.
“The competition is also aimed at helping the children know if they are able to retain and recall what they have been taught in the school before the practice.
“Through activities like the Nutrition Quize, we make progress toward our goals of helping children live healthier lives by raising awareness of the benefits of healthy eating and active lifestyles.
“Therefore, there is a need to teach children about nutrition from an early age in school and at home so that they can have a healthier future,” she said.
On her part, Dr Florence Uchendu, the Chairperson, Nutrition Society of Nigeria, FCT Chapter, said the rate of malnutrition among children was high in the country; hence the need for the programme.
Uchendu said Nestlé Nigeria has been championing the course of teaching the children all about Nutrition and healthy eating for a healthier future.
“Our aim of this competition is to assess what the teachers have taught them, if they have been taught well and if the children are also learning.
“At the end of this competition, we will have the best of schools to compete in the final and it will show the lessons they are learning in their schools.
“We also want to catch them young because at the end of the day, they will go home and tell their parents what we have taught them so that they can eat healthy meals to reduce malnutrition,” she said.
UBE Paseli in Kuje Area Council and Jiwa primary school under Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) won the first round of the quiz competition held in Kuje.
The next round will be held tomorrow in Abaji Area Council.
Ofon Fostina, a student of UBE Paseli said she was optimistic her school would win the Nestlé for Healthier Kids quiz competition at the finals.