The Government of Gilgit-Baltistan and Nestlé Pakistan have joined forces to promote nutritional awareness and sustainability education
The government of Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) and Nestlé Pakistan inaugurated the Nestlé for Healthier Kids (N4HK) room at KG Model School for Girls in Skardu and trained 250 teachers on nutritional awareness and sustainability education, with the goal of reaching out to over 15000 children through its flagship N4HK program in Gilgit, Skardu, Shigar, and Kharmang.
N4HK is Nestlé’s global nutritional awareness effort that helps teachers and caregivers raise healthier children by encouraging healthy nutrition, hydration, cleanliness, and active lifestyles through a curriculum-based education program.
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Teachers and educators can use the N4HK rooms at partner schools to stress the relevance of excellent nutrition principles for youngsters.
“This partnership is a way for teachers and educators to reinforce the importance of good nutrition for children in the classroom through fun and engaging activities,” stated Mohyuddin Ahmad Wani, Chief Secretary Gilgit Baltistan, of the collaboration.
Kids are the future of Pakistan and it is important that we encourage them to get involved in activities that inform them about sustainability and conservation practices,” he said while also recognizing Nestlé’s other recycling initiatives in the region.
Commissioner Baltistan, Shuja Alam also lauded Nestlé’s efforts. While inaugurating the N4HK room, he said: “Such activities will foster values, habits, and mindsets that will eventually make an impact and reduce our footprint on the planet,”
Highlighting the importance of this partnership, Sheikh Waqar Ahmad, Head of Corporate Affairs & Sustainability, Nestlé Pakistan, said: “We are excited to collaborate with the GB government that it is facilitating in extending the reach of our N4HK initiative to teachers, caregivers, and students in districts of Gilgit, Skardu, Shigar and Kharmang.
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We are confident that the awareness imparted on nutrition and this N4HK room in Skardu will play a very important role in promoting healthy habits and a better nourished future generation.”
The N4HK program is part of our commitment to United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 3 of Good Health and Well-Being, to ensure that children understand the value of nutrition as they grow older. So far, the program has reached about 320,000 children and 1750 teachers, in Pakistan.
Meanwhile, Nestlé Pakistan, in line with its vision for a waste-free future also partnered with Gilgit Baltistan government on the Clean Gilgit-Baltistan project. Under this project Nestlé is recycling up to 1000 tons of plastic and packaging waste by the end of 2023 and installing three baling and compressing machines at the dumping sites of Gilgit Baltistan Waste Management Company in Hunza, Gilgit, and Skardu, apart from donating reusable bags, installing benches and bins made of recycled plastic at tourist hotspots.
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The company also arranged awareness sessions with students to help teach the younger generation a more sustainable approach to packaging by managing waste.