A boot camp was organised on the occasion of National Nutrition Week today on Sunday (13 June) at St. Joseph Higher Secondary School in the capital. The Institute of Public Health Nutrition (IPHN), BRAC, and Bangladesh Institute for ICT in Development (BIID) jointly organised the event.
More than a hundred students of this school participated in the boot camp. They took part in drawing and quiz competitions and speaking events on selected topics. Navid Iqbal from Class IX, Wasif Mursalin and Hassan Monem Reza, both from Class VII, won the first, second, and third prizes, respectively, at the drawing competition. Rafid-un-Nabi, Mahib al Mamun and Hamim Rahman stood respectively first, second, and third at the quiz competition.
Brother Leo James Pereira, principal, St. Joseph Higher Secondary School; Professor Dr Md Nasir Uddin, director, IPH; Md Shahid Uddin Akbar, chief executive director, BIID; Dr Murad Md Shamsher Tabris Khan, junior clinician, IPHN, and officials from IPHN and BRAC were present at the boot camp, among others.
IPHN director Professor Dr Md Nasir Uddin addressed the students, saying, “Only a healthy generation can build a good future. It’s therefore important for all of us to be adequately aware of which food we should take and which we shouldn’t.”
BIID chief executive director Md Shahid Uddin Akbar said, “Building Smart Bangladesh needs people with talent. Ensuring nutritious food for the growing generation is a prerequisite to ensuring talented people. This kind of initiative will help fill up the gaps in the knowledge about nutritious food among the school students across the country.”
The event concluded with the guests awarding prizes to the winners.
Earlier, on Wednesday (7 June) National Nutrition Week was launched at a programme at the Osmani Memorial Auditorium in the capital. With this year’s theme ‘Build a strong nutrition base to build Smart Bangladesh’. National Nutrition Week will continue to be observed through different programmes around the country till 13 June.