School Health & Nutrition

The Right to Health for the Poorest Children:
School Health and Nutrition for Primary Level Schools
in Indonesia

“A country’s education and economic status is closely linked to its health status: Improve nutrition and health, and education and the economy will be strengthened.” - Policy Brief on School Health & Nutrition in Indonesia, The World Bank, December 2009

The Problem

Malnutrition and undernutrition are leading killers of children. In Indonesia approximately 1/3 of school aged children are undernourished and unhealthy. This severely impacts their ability to learn. Without an opportunity to learn, their future and that of the country remains bleak.
Many of the poorest families send their children to madrasah, or Islamic religious day schools. Poor families do not have the financial means to go to government sponsored schools, which require fees and family expenditure on books and uniforms. The madrasahs are nonprofit private schools that are supported by the local communities, which are also quite poor. Unfortunately, the resources of the surrounding communities are minimal and the schools suffer. Often there is not clean water or adequate sanitation. This, of course, creates a breeding ground for disease, an unhealthy environment for the students.

The Solution

Uplift International recognizes the need for the poorest children to improve their nutrition, health education and access to clean water and adequate sanitation. We have developed a program targeting some of the neediest children in Jakarta, Indonesia– those attending the madrasah, or religious day schools and public schools.

The program has expanded from an initial 30 schools with a total of 6,000 students to 89 schools and over 18,000 students.

It is guided by the Millennium Development Goals of the UN, which are universally accepted goals directed at meeting the needs of the world’s poorest people by the year 2015.Our program helps the most vulnerable children attain better nutrition and health. None of our programs involve any religious activities or themes.

Read an article in the Jakarta Globe about the program

The Program


Health & Nutrition Education- Specialized  health & nutrition curriculum for grades 1 – 6

- Training of  teachers and parents

- Health and Nutrition integrated into school curriculum

healthy breakfast

Promote Healthy Behavior
- Healthy breakfast activity

- Games to engage & make learning fun

- Hand washing & brushing teeth

- Measuring height & weight


Link Health Centers to Schools

- Local health centers are linked to the schools

- Anemia & worm monitoring

School & Community Gardening

- Garden-based learning (GBL) is an instructional strategy that utilizes the garden as a teaching tool

- Organic Vegetables grown by the students are used in the Healthy Breakfast Activity

- Parents learn to grow organic vegetables at home for families

- Surplus vegetables sold to local hotels and restaurants for income generation for schools and families

Computer Labs

- Computers provide additional health & nutrition training and for traditional subjects

- We work with Microsoft’s Partnership in Learning program

hand washing

Improve Sanitation

- Provide new toilets

- Upgrade existing facilities