Secondary school serving breakfast…”School is brighter”
- on Jun 07, 2023
Four out of 10 teens skip breakfast five or more days a week.
I started a program at my secondary school to bring breakfast to students.
It’s a program that’s proving to be very popular with students who don’t want to sleep an extra minute.
Reporter Jeon Min-young’s camera starts rolling.
This is a simple breakfast served at a middle school.
The kids love it, but the school is worried about whether they can continue to serve it.
Let’s hear the story from the field.
We cut the bread in half, put it in the oven, and prepare the wrappers for distribution.
At 8 a.m., the students start to trickle in.
One by one, they get their breakfast,
“Eat well. (I’ll eat well.)”
They laugh loudly with their friends and eat.
Instead of rice and soup, the menu is simple food such as sandwiches that students like.
[Yoon Seo-young / 1st grade, Sunil Girls’ Middle School]
“(Is it difficult to eat at home?) Oh, I’m busy when I’m preparing, but if I eat until morning, I might be late, so it’s better to come and eat.” “(How do you like today’s menu?) It’s really good because there’s so much cheese.”
Since it’s free, there are more than 100 students who eat breakfast at the school, or one-third of the entire school.
[Koo Ye-won / 1st grade, Sunil Girls Middle School]
“When I didn’t eat breakfast, I often felt hungry in class, so I kept looking at the clock… I was able to concentrate better in class because I ate breakfast.”
As the free breakfast program, which was only available to low-income students, has been expanded to all students, students are more comfortable coming to eat.
[Jung Yong-young / Principal, Sunil Girls Middle School]
“There are about 50 students who are eligible, but only 7 or 8 of them (didn’t eat). They didn’t come because of the stigma effect or something like that.”
A high school where meals are served at 7:20 a.m. before the start of morning self-study.
Students have to pay 2,000 won for each breakfast, but it’s a benefit because they don’t have to go to the cafeteria or convenience store.
[Do Ye-lin / 3rd grade, Jeonghwa Girls High School]
“About 3 times a week, I would buy something from a convenience store in a hurry to eat, like triangular kimbap or bread….”
Although the Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education started the breakfast pilot project in March, it is not easy to operate.
This is because the annual budget of 10 million won is not enough to cover the cost of ingredients.
[Jeon Sang-mi / Teacher at Jeonghwa Girls High School]
“The atmosphere of the school has changed a lot, and there is such an atmosphere (of) hospitality while eating breakfast. But I hope it’s not ‘do everything’ because the more (students) there are, the more negative it is.”
Only two schools participated in the 10-school project because of the labor costs and the fact that the teachers had to serve the food themselves토토사이트.
[Kim Jin-hyo / Head of the Physical Education, Health, and Cultural Arts Division, Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education].
“It’s a structure where the teachers in charge just dedicate themselves. It’s a structure that only those schools can do, right now. We are reviewing it. How can we help more….”
It’s always pointed out that there needs to be more active support for hungry students.