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Malawi Students Head To School For Promise Of Food


First Posted: 06/07/10 01:09 PM ET Updated: 05/25/11 05:40 PM ET

In Malawi, about one in nine children die before their fifth birthday. Education is not a high priority -- the search for food is. Many Malawian children suffer from stunted growth and malnutrition. Now, a program in Malawi is encouraging children to go to school -- they will get a free bowl of porridge if they do. Many mothers have volunteered to cook the porridge, made out of Malawian-grown maize.

Now, enrollment is up at school, and alleviating hunger helps children focus. Previously, children used to faint in the middle of class due to lack of nourishment.

"It's bland," the film's narrator says. "But the children seem to like it."

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