Children in Venezuela are fainting and skipping class as a result of the food crisis in the country.
For Klaireth Díaz, a teacher at Elías Toro School, one of the biggest public schools in Caracas, Venezuela, attendance in class has been low because of the economic situation in Venezuela. In an interview with Fox News Latino, Díaz, who once saw a child faint during a school event, admitted that out of 30 students, 10 would miss class on a daily basis.
“The reason was always lack of food,” she told Fox News Latino, recalling that Elías Toro School used to provide lunch to its students before the feeding program came to an end a few years ago.
As demonstrated by a More Consulting poll conducted to 2,000 people in Caracas last month, 48 percent of the times children were absent from school it was food related. This either means they’re malnutrition and too weak to function or they’re accompanying their parents at the long lines to buy food as early as 3 a.m.
According to the poll, which was unearthed by Fox News Latino, 36.5 percent of the children eat twice a day; whereas, 10.2 percent of the children eat only once a day. For some children, the school lunch, – which the government spends barely 5 bolivars per meal – is their only meal of the day.
Meanwhile, 30 percent of the parents surveyed said their children attended private school; however, 17.5 percent of those parents said they’re changing their children to a public school. Five percent of the parents, on the other hand, are considering of removing their children from school altogether.
“A child who does not eat well does not learn well,” said Venezuelan politician Miguel Pizarro to Fox News Latino. “Some children fall asleep and when you investigate what’s going on, you find out it is because they don’t eat. When we see that a child does not bring lunch we have them share; we handle the situation so that they do not feel affected. Children are supportive in that regard.”
Read more about this heartbreaking issue, here.
Share this story by tapping the share buttons below!