‘Kan Sikul, Kan Huan (My School, My Home)’, a project of Mizoram’s Lawngtlai district administration to grow nutrition gardens in schools, has been made the model for all schools and colleges in the State to follow. Lawngtlai district’s Deputy Commissioner Shaskanka Ala devised a plan that aims to fight malnutrition among children by letting them grow their own fruits and vegetables in the school with the help of teachers, parents and community members.
Referring to the Lawngtlai project, and attaching a presentation on how Ala developed it, Mizoram’s Directorate of School Education on July 26 wrote to the district heads to guide and help educational institutions in their jurisdiction in making reliable kitchen or nutrition gardens, with the involvement of other departments.
‘It may be stated that the Ministry of Human Resource Development has realized the contribution that these kitchen gardens have yielded in improving the nutritional content of the midday meal served. Hence, the Ministry has decided to take up kitchen gardens on a wider scale from the financial year 2019-20, and has introduced fund of 5% for providing additional items for supplementary nutrition over and above the existing provisions and for developing kitchen gardens,’ said Lalzarmawii, the State’s Director of School Education and State Nodal Officer for Midday Meal. ‘This year, Rs 66 lakh have been approved for developing 1,320 kitchen gardens at the rate of Rs 5,000 per school.’