Peñaranda National High School is just a teeny tiny drop in the bucket, if global student hunger is the subject. Below is the presently available statistics on global hunger:
- Some 795 million
people in the world do
not have enough food to lead a healthy active life. That's about one in nine
people on earth.
- The vast majority of
the world's hungry people live in developing countries, where
12.9 percent of the population is undernourished.
- Asia is the
continent with the most hungry people - two thirds of the total. The
percentage in southern Asia has fallen in recent years but in western Asia it
has increased slightly.
- Sub-Saharan Africa is the region with the highest prevalence (percentage
of population) of hunger. One person in four there is undernourished.
- Poor nutrition causes nearly half (45%) of deaths in
children under five - 3.1 million children each year.
- One out of six children -- roughly 100 million -- in developing
countries is underweight.
- One in four of the world's children are stunted. In
developing countries the proportion can rise to one in three.
If women farmers had the same access to resources as men, the number of hungry in the world could be reduced by up to 150 million.
66 million primary school-age children attend classes hungry across the developing world, with 23 million in Africa alone.
WFP calculates that US$3.2 billion is needed per year to reach all 66 million hungry school-age children.
How does it affect students in Peñaranda National High School or in our hometown as a whole?
Hungry body, hungry mind.... "Ang kabataan ang pag-asa ng bayan" . If we do believe in these mantras, we also believe that the present students of PNHS would be the future leaders, developers, thinkers, and hopes of our hometown of Peñaranda... enough to raise concerns among Budang Galing Kabayans.
One magazine article says....
"A student’s life can be exhilarating, but also exhausting – physically and mentally. What does undernutrition do to these young minds and bodies? Hunger, a preventable yet persisting problem, hinders children from achieving their full potential. Unicef says that “even short-term hunger can adversely affect a child’s ability to learn.” Undernutrition makes a child more vulnerable to diseases, disabilities, and death. It also disrupts a child’s mental and physical development – which may lead to poor productivity in adulthood. Concentration, critical thinking, creativity, and even their social abilities may be negatively affected. Instead of focusing on class activities, they may also be too distracted by pangs of hunger.
Micronutrient deficiencies impair physical and cognitive development, lower intellectual capacity, and lessen productivity. Vitamin A deficiency may cause blindness, while iodine or iron deficiencies reduce a child’s IQ, cognitive and motor skills.