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JiElimishe | Learning outcomes and nutrition

New data released by Uwezo at Twaweza appear to show a link between malnutrition and children’s learning outcomes.

Among children aged 10 to 14 years:

English (ability to read a Standard 2 level story):

  • Severely malnourished children – 17.9% passed
  • Moderately malnourished children – 16.4% passed
  • Well nourished children – 25.8% passed

Kiswahili (ability to read a Standard 2 level story):

  • Severely malnourished children – 46.3% passed
  • Moderately malnourished children – 51.3% passed
  • Well nourished children – 65.8% passed

Numeracy (ability to do Standard 2 level multiplication):

  • Severely malnourished children – 35.5% passed
  • Moderately malnourished children – 37.7% passed
  • Well nourished children – 53.4% passed

Children who are well nourished are almost twice as likely to possess Standard 2 literacy and numeracy skills (Kiswahili and numeracy) than those who are severely malnourished.

These findings were released by Uwezo Tanzania at Twaweza at an event at the University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM). The event was part of the JiElimishe seminar series, a collaboration between UDSM and Twaweza. Data on children’s learning outcomes and nutrition from 197,451 children and 68,588 households were collected between October and December 2015.

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Organizations: Twaweza East Africa

Pages: 17

Type: Key document

Year: 2016

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