President pledges to address concerns on child nutrition | Sunday Observer

President pledges to address concerns on child nutrition

2 October, 2022

The Government will ensure that all children in the country receive a balanced and nutritious diet containing the right amount of calories, President Ranil Wickremesinghe said yesterday.

“Measures have been taken to provide a balanced meal to schoolchildren at Government expense and as an initial step a program to provide a nutritious meal for 1,080,000 schoolchildren prior to the commencement of classes, is already in progress,” President Wickremesinghe said in his Children’s and Elder’s Day message. Both days were marked yesterday islandwide.

“Based on the Policy Statement presented by me, the measures for the care of those in poverty and under-privileged groups are being carried out in a systematic manner. This program is being carried out with the approval of Health Ministry Nutritionists. In addition to the allowance paid to pregnant mothers, the Government has focused its attention on granting an additional monthly allowance for families undergoing food insecurity,” the President said.

The message: “The contemporary world that adults live in is not the world children see. It is very simple and delicate. They thirst for curiosity. As adults, we should understand this wisely and make sure to create a unique world for them.

If you consider the past few years, it is evident that the present society is very different from the social background in which the children lived a few years ago. There are many disclosures made by the media in this regard. In such a background, it is my duty as the Head of State, to ensure that all the children of the country receive a balanced and nutritious diet containing the right amount of calories.

My mission at this moment is to create a developed country for the future generations of this land.

It is our duty to take care of the elderly community who has made unprecedented sacrifices to preserve the children’s pleasant childhood and the country’s betterment. It is interconnected with our culture.

Food, education, sport recreation, rest, sleep, mental and health wellbeing are only a few of children’s requirements. We are both culturally and legally bound to ensure these facilities. It is my view that it is the responsibility of all parents, teachers and civil society representatives, apart from the Government, to fulfill these needs.

Let us all join hands in committing ourselves to ushering in an era where all children and elders will be taken care of compassionately.”