FIDR is a non-governmental organization working to support children in developing countries and people affected by disasters.

What We Do

Issues the Project Tackles

In Cambodia where the nutritional status of the people is markedly inferior to that of other countries, we have decided to incorporate the nutrition content into public health education at elementary schools, junior high schools, and high schools where guidance begins as regular subjects throughout the country since 2019. However, there is a shortage of human resources who are responsible for curriculum development and textbook writing, training of teachers and teaching skills on nutrition which is also an issue.

Background of the Issues

In Japan, there is abundant information on nutrition, and even at school "food education" is emphasized, but in Cambodia there are few opportunities for children to learn about nutrition and meals. The main reason is that nutrition guidance is not incorporated into the educational system and there is no human resource for teaching it at school. The figure of Cambodia is significantly lower than the standards of Southeast Asia countries in terms of average weight and height of children, but it is apparent that nutrition education is necessary to improve diet situation.

The Cambodian Ministry of Education launched a policy to gradually start health classes at elementary, middle and high schools nationwide from 2019 to 2020. In that context, nutrition is positioned as an important educational unit and a guidance is given according to a systematic curriculum. However, the Ministry of Education has the problem that there is no human resource to build a curriculum or write a textbook.

FIDR has conducting a project on “Nutrition and Diet management in Cambodia”, and establishing the "Recommended Dietary Allowance" for children at school age and “Dietary Intake Standards (Guideline on Meal balance)” based on it. This is the first nutrition improvement guideline based on Cambodia's scientific basis that summarizes recommended menu, call for improving eating habit, educational material, monitoring evaluation method, etc. Working members are consisting of staffs from Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education, and international donor organizations.

Based on these results, FIDR received a request from Cambodian Ministry of Education for full technical cooperation to introduce nutritional guidance in health subjects.

Project Purpose

The establishment of systematic nutrition education will promote nutritional improvement through appropriate dietary habits of school age children and their families throughout the country.

Project Site

Cambodia throughout the country

Beneficiaries

・Staff members of Ministry of Education Ministry and Ministry of Health officials
・Faculty members and students of public schools (elementary school, junior high school, high school) and their families nationwide

Main Activities

Complete Dietary Intake Standards and promote the utilization by domestic related organizations. Also, in order to correctly guide the nutrition field at the public health education of public school nationwide from 2019 to 2020, we will provide support for writing of textbooks and instruction books, development of supplementary teaching materials and training for teachers along with the Department of Education School Health Bureau.
1. Establishment of teaching materials and conduction of seminars for the dissemination of children's Dietary Intake Standards
2. Support for the establishment of textbooks on health and human resource development
3. Diffusion of Dietary Intake Standards for children and their parents/ families.

Project Period

April 2017 - March 2020

Our Approach

Many agencies of United Nations and NGOs are conducting their supporting activities in Cambodia, but FIDR is now in charge of a major role as forming national education on nutrition. We will support the realization of nutrition education and dissemination activities that take into account of Cambodian society and school situation, with the participation of experienced Japanese experts to meet that expectation.