World School Milk Day

Consuming nutritious food is important at all stages of life, but especially for children and adolescents. Not only is adequate nutrition needed to support growth and development, but it also properly fuels bodies and minds for learning. Since children spend a significant amount of time at school, milk programs, which are often included as part of larger school meal programs, give children access to the nutrients they need to grow healthfully and optimally. We celebrate the nutritional importance of milk and dairy in schools on World School Milk Day on the last Wednesday in September. Countries around the world celebrate World School Milk day to celebrate the health benefits of school milk programmes.

The Consumer Education Project of Milk SA (CEP), and various milk processors work together to educate, supply and celebrate the wholesomeness of dairy among school-going children. The Project, developed educational tools to assist the teachers and engage learning. The educational material of the Project is developed in line with the school curriculum as set out by SA’s Department of Basic Education (DBE). Various topics relating to dairy farming, processing and nutrition of dairy products in a healthy diet are elaborated on. The learners are engaged with the educational material and the school competitions themed around milk. Contact us to find out how you can take part.

In the build-up to World School Milk Day 2023, a brand-new Teacher’s Guides, for Grades R to 7, on the importance of recycling dairy containers, with fun and insightful activities to do in the classroom was created. The new guides bring an artistic solution to help educate our learners about the importance of a healthy diet and a healthy environment in celebration of World School Milk Day. To make this day even more special, we are thrilled to invite all teachers to participate in our World School Milk Day Art Challenge!