The Ministry of Education and Ministry of Health have created dietary guidelines for school children to be rolled out by 2019.
Kol Hero, director of the department of prevention at the Health Ministry, told reporters after a seminar on Monday that the goal is to educate children aged six to 17 in order for them to understand the importance of a balanced diet.
“The Food-Based Dietary Guidelines that the Health Ministry launched will be implemented at primary and high school level and we will also continue to advise villagers and also health centres and hospitals,” said Mr Hero.
Mr Hero said the Health Ministry will cooperate with the Education Ministry to train teachers about the dietary programme so that they can pass the knowledge onto their students and ensure the guidelines are followed.
“Our children do not have vast knowledge of dietary needs, but I think that after we implement this programme, students, teachers, and parents will be better informed,” he said.
The Education Ministry’s director of school health, Chhay Kimsotheavy, said the programme will be implemented in 2019 in order to give the government time to train teachers before it’s rolled out.