The Anglican Church of Melanesia (ACOM) Education Authority will soon ban the sale of all sugary and oily foods from its schools in the country.
ACOM Education Secretary, Desmond Waita confirmed, the move was to cut down on the ever increasing trend of non-communicable diseases in the country.
He said the decision was approved in a meeting held by the ACOM Education Board last year.
“We came up with the decision in a meeting by the ACOM Education Board last year to help the national government to cut down on NCDs in the country and encourage parents and also market vendors to sell nutritious food such as vegetables at schools for children because according to current reports, NDC is a number one killer in the country and if we just talk about it and nothing happens, we cannot see any progress”.
Mr. Waita said he was currently working on a Synod paper to be presented to the ACOM Education Board on 21st June 2019 concerning this school policy.
“Currently I am working on a Synod paper to be presented to the ACOM Education Board on 21st June and once endorsed by the Board then it should be rolled out in all ECE, Primary, Secondary and RTC schools in the country. We will have to make sure that teachers and school leaders abide by these orders because would like to encourage sugary and oily free ACOM-run schools in the country”.
By: Rickson Bau.