Most of the children in the school are first generation learners who attend the school for the sole reason that they get proper food on school working days. The academic successes of these children are strongly linked with their health and the quality of diet.
Helping students stay healthy is a fundamental part of the mission of Lovedale Foundation. Banyan Schools have direct contact with more than 250 families through this children aged 5–17 years. For about 6 hours a day, and for up to 13 critical years of their social, psychological, physical, and intellectual development these children are connected to the services of Banyan Community School and other welfare schemes of Lovedale Foundation. Lovedale envisages that this can create a meaningful impact in the growth and development of these children who is otherwise underprivileged or neglected.
School health Programme is geared at preventing, protecting and improving the health status of the school population including the staff, and to enable them benefit fully from the school system. Under the school health programme we are planning to provide a unique opportunity for health education and a means of establishing a firm foundation for the healthy habits of the future adult population of any nation and to reach out to more than 300 families through the children. Lovedale Foundation is planning collaborate and network with like-minded organizations, nongovernmental and non- Governmental, in order to implement the project and address broader issues to mainstream these children and families.
The major components of School Health Programme are;
School Health Services highlights the importance of school health for the achievement of the education Millennium Development Goals and provides the context for developing effective school health programs through partnership of health and education.
The five program pillars of School Health Programme;