School milk is boosting the capacity to learn

Maria Belén is a ten-year-old girl in Mexico. For Maria and her classmates, the milk that they are being served in their school makes a real difference. “It makes us feel strong to study and helps strengthen our bones,” she says.

The first years of a child’s life are critical. Children double their height between the ages of two and 12, and proper nutrition is absolutely vital in laying the foundations for future health and wellbeing. School milk programmes have an important part to play in combating malnutrition and they’re promoted by FAO, which serves as a world centre for information on school milk systems.

Hear what Maria thinks about the importance of breakfast and how school milk helps them to be able to pay attention to what the teacher is saying.