Nutrition and its Effects on Learning among the Early Childhood and Primary Education (EPE) Children of Sigor Location
The quality of learning and achievement in Early Childhood and Primary Education depends on various factors that stimulate and motivate the learners. Children who achieve highly in schools have various motivational factors which include, mentoring, inspiration, environment as well as good parenting. Yet “nutrition” is one of the key factors that also influence the child’s learning. This can be termed as a basic need that cannot be ignored in a child’s learning and achievement. Maslow is very emphatic in basic needs to satisfy human needs. Therefore this research was carried out to determine the type of food children take, the achievement of children in private and public schools, the occupation of the parents and the academic achievement of their children, the role health nutrition plays in the learning and achievement of children in early childhood and primary school children in Sigor Location of Bomet County. The study randomly sampled 104 children in 5 private and 15 public schools. The study used both questionnaires and interviews schedule to collect the required data. The data collected were analyzed by use of descriptive statistics, namely percentages and frequencies. From the results of the study, it can be clearly seen that the performance and achievement in private schools is higher than in public schools, children from the businessmen/businesswomen, military and teachers’ family have higher academic achievements than the children from the other families and the value of food taken by children influence their academic achievements in school.
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