Nutrition International, WAGGGS collaboration makes headway in Bangladesh

(L.-R.): Ayesha Majumder, Country Project Manager, WAGGGS Nutrition Programme, Sophie Rymer, WAGGGS Global Programme Manager, Zaki Hasan, Country Director, Bangladesh, Nutrition International and Sarah Nancollas, WAGGGS Chief Executive.

Dhaka, BANGLADESH – The World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS), in partnership with Nutrition International, is developing a nutrition badge curriculum which will help up to 70,000 adolescent girls in Bangladesh live healthier lives and reach their full potential.

This partnership, launched in March, aims to educate Girl Guides and Girl Scouts between the ages six and 19 on the importance of eating the right quality, the right variety, and the right amount of food through engaging and practical activities.

The programme is being piloted in five countries thanks to a $CAN 2.1M dollar investment from the Government of Canada, and through Nutrition Leverage and Influence for Transformation (NLIFT) – an innovative initiative led by Nutrition International.

In a meeting between Nutrition International Bangladesh and WAGGGS, teams discussed the importance of developing the curriculum by consulting with adolescent girls to ensure that the content is relevant, interesting and responsive to girls’ specific needs.

Zaki Hasan, Country Director, Nutrition International Bangladesh explains:

“Developing the curriculum with participation from adolescent girls is going to be very interesting. It will make the programme even more relevant. We look forward to the outcome from this participatory method of developing learning materials for the girls.’’

Girl Guides in Bangladesh come up with ideas for name for the new Nutrition Badge during a co-creation workshop.

The Bangladesh programme will be implemented in partnership with the Bangladesh Girl Guides Association (BGGA), reaching a total of 35,000 members and 35,000 non-members of the Girl Guides Association.

Globally, while the programme is also being piloted in Madagascar, Philippines, Sri Lanka and Tanzania, it is hoped to be scaled up with the potential to reach girls across 150 WAGGGS’ countries.