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- DEBATE POINT: Should schools provide free school meals?
- DEBATE POINT: What do you have for breakfast?
We're going to wrap things up for today.
Thanks to you all for taking part and contributing some great comments and pictures today. It's been really interesting to hear your thoughts on 'Breakfast' and free school meals.
We'll leave the last word today with Khaitan Public School in Sahibabad, India they write:
"Eating breakfast is very important as it is the 1st meal of the day, giving energy to the brain; it helps in concentration during studies. If a person does not eat anything in the morning they are very distracted and unable to answer questions in class.
Providing free school meals is a very encouraging trend however school budgets do not always permit this luxury."
Andrea WFP @AndreaWFP
kids in #Liberia at Red Cross School enjoying breakfast #worldclassdebate - all 845 students receive a free @WFP meal
Masha , Lana and Yana Safronova from Simferopol, Gymnasium 9 in Ukraine write:
"At our English club we discussed a topic about free breakfast at school. We decided that breakfast is very important for our health. It gets energy for the whole day. A school has to take care of their students they must provide good education but sometimes hunger is stronger than learning. So it has to decide about breakfast.
Some children cannot have breakfast at home. Some families have no money. But some people think that it is the matter of the children's parents. There are canteens in the schools and children can buy the food themselves. It is very expensive for school, because in schools there is a lack of money. If pupils have no time to have breakfast at home, they can wake up earlier or they can bring their breakfast from home to school.
We discussed it and chose our own menu - it is possible to have different food and we would have: porridge, bread with butter and apricot or cherry jam, cold cereal, pancakes with different kinds of fruits or jams. Fruit, berries and vegetables.
Children spend much energy at school, so in the morning they must eat only fresh and healthy food to fill up with vitamins."
Andrea WFP @AndreaWFP
About 66 million children go to school hungry every day and 72 million do not go to school because they get no food. #worldclassdebate
Upton Learning Hub @uptonlearnhub
Ellen & Cameron think free brekkies are good idea. Danville Park what is your typical breakfast in SA? #worldclassdebate
Malika from Khaitan Public School in Sahibabad, India says:
"Eating breakfast is very important as it is the 1st meal of the day, giving energy to the brain. It helps in concentration during studies.
If a person does not eat anything in the morning they will be very distracted and unable to answer questions in class. It is healthy to eat fruit or something in the morning."
Aileen, Holly and Jess from Upton-by-Chester High School write:
"We all think that having breakfast as part of a routine is important. We agree with the students from Danville Park Girls School (1135) that free breakfast should only be given to the students who need or can't afford breakfast.
This morning we had cereal and fruit with a glass of fruit juice. Jess had a cereal bar because it's quick to eat.
We also think that breakfast is a good time to have a conversation and slow down the morning rush."
Let's hear more from Danville Park Girls School in Durban, South Africa
Bailey says: "I eat breakfast as it gives me a good start; I usually eat porridge or cereal."
Kirsten says "I do not eat breakfast at home because it is too early. I first eat at break at 1000"
Robyn says " I do early morning swimming training at school and we swimmers only eat after that, we bring from home or buy from the tuck-shop."
Thanks very much for your comments! What do you have for breakfast? Let us know by emailing email@example.com
St Mary's CEP Primary School in Folkestone, UK write:
"We think that children everywhere in the world should have something to eat before they go to school as it gives you energy.
If parents can, they should give a voluntary contribution towards school meals. Some of us think school breakfast should be free regardless of how much parents earn but who would supply the money for the food if it was free?
We have some questions to ask the other schools.
What do you have to eat for breakfast, where you live in your country?
What time of the day do you have breakfast? Here at St Mary's our club is from 8:15 to 8:45"
Emma from Danville Park Girls School in Durban, South Africa writes:
"If I do not eat at home I bring something to school or buy from the tuck-shop.
On Thursday we do 'bread buddies,' and make sandwiches for a school down the road which is not as privileged as us"
Courtney, Jennie, Imogen and Anya from Upton-by-Chester High School in Chester, UK write:
"We don't eat breakfast at home, we eat it at break time in the canteen however we feel that everyone should eat their breakfast most of the time as it is the most important meal of the day and it gets your metabolism going.
We feel breakfast should be free and that our school should provide breakfast for us on certain days of the week. But if we had to pay for breakfast, some people might not be able to have any, as they might not be able to afford it.
Breakfast also helps us at school to concentrate. Do you really want to jeopardise students future just because they haven't had breakfast?"
St Mary's CEP Primary School in Folkestone, UK write: "Earlier this term to have some exercise as well as a healthy breakfast we made Smoothies on bikes!"
Chelsea, Phoebe, Mia add: "We put Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, milk and fat free yoghurt into the blender and some oats.
The blender was attached to the front of the bike - we had to pedal really hard and very fast to make the blender go round and round and turn all of the ingredients into a delicious Smoothie. We'd like to do it again because we not only had something good to eat but we had some great exercise too."
That sounds like great fun - thanks very much St Mary's!
Josh Humphreys @joshhumphreys20
Breakfast should be eaten at home not at school because schools can't make a full English brekie. #worldclassdebate
Upton Learning Hub @uptonlearnhub
Mrs. Johns' Year 8 English enjoying the opportunity to debate the breakfast topic. #worldclassdebate
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Khaitan Public School in Sahibabad, India writes:
"Some students get their breakfast from school but it is paid and opted for by the parents. As parents are very involved with their children they prefer to pack a tiffin for them from home.
A lot of students liked the idea of getting a free meal in school, they say that it brings about a variety in the routine of food from home and it is like a surprise as they do not know what is going to be served in advance."
Daniel from Gildersome Primary School in Leeds, UK writes:
"I have my breakfast at home as there is plenty of time before school 7:00 till 8:40. I have eggs sausage bacon and toast with ketchup!
I wouldn't like to get free breakfast at school because I have a school dinner and I already have one school meal and I would not like another."
Alani, Caroline, Lucy, Millie and Ollie from the Reception class at St Mary's CEP Primary School write:
"We all have breakfast at home and all had cereal this morning. We also drank milk, tea and Ribena.
We wouldn't want to have breakfast at school. We like having breakfast as it means that we aren't hungry in school. Some of us have breakfast with our brothers, sisters and parent(s). Ollie had his on his own."
Ashuditi from Khaitan Public School in Sahibabad, India writes:
"Wheat is a staple diet of North India. Stuffed Pratha with a stuffing of boiled and mashed potato, chopped onions, grated cauliflower is used. This is not only healthy but also very filling."
Puru adds: "Sometimes I eat toast, fried or boiled eggs for breakfast with a glass of juice."
Brittani from Danville Park Girls School in Durban, South Africa writes:
"We should have to pay for breakfast because most people at our school can afford it, I think it should be free in rural schools."
Thanks very much Britanni! What do you think - should school meals only be free to those who can't afford them? Let us know by emailing email@example.com
Beth from Gildersome Primary School in Leeds, UK writes:
"I eat my breakfast at home because I wake up at 6:30 and need to set off at 7:45 so an hour and a quarter is plenty of time to get breakfast.
Eating breakfast helps you get ready for the day and is important and helps you concentrate.
I do feel hungry at school in between breakfast and lunch."
Great comment - thanks Beth! Are you like Beth too, do you get hungry in class? Let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Andrea WFP @AndreaWFP
#worldclassdebate Hi from @WFP London. We are big fans of school breakfasts and in 2012 we provided 25 million school meals worldwide
Khaitan Public School in Sahibabad, India have been in touch to tell us how excited they are about today's debate topic. They write:
"We are super excited about this topic of "Breakfast" as our school propagates healthy meals not only on the school campus but also encourages parents to be involved in making innovative breakfasts for their children at home.
90% of the students here eat their breakfast at home and come to school.
The other 10% eat their meals in school at break time."
Hello and welcome to class X from Kamla Nehru Public School in Phagwara, India!
Nalni and her classmates write: "It's really a very good idea to provide food in school. In this way many people who do not get an education due to this may get not only the food but also the good educations too.
In school we bring in food which helps us to stay fit for whole day"
Do you agree with Nalni - would introducing free school meals encourage more children to go to school?
St Mary's CEP Primary School in Folkestone, UK have been in touch to tell us about their school breakfast club. They write:
"Our breakfast club started in 2002 and has gone from strength to strength as it now caters for children from Reception to Y6.
We are encouraged to be independent in serving our cereals and pouring our own milk. The older children help the younger children. It is an excellent way to start the day!"
A big World Class World Class welcome to Danville Park Girls School in Durban, South Africa! They've been in touch to share their thoughts on breakfast.
Nomphumelelo says: "I get hungry if I do not eat, I usually have cereal and if it is early egg and toast"
Naseera writes "I eat breakfast because my Mother makes me! I would like food at school then I could sleep longer."
What do you think - would you rather eat before school like Nomphumelelo or during school like Naseera? Let us know by emailing email@example.com
Greetings from BBC World Class!
We're about to kick off today's debate on the topic of 'Breakfast' and we've already had some great comments.
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