Friday, August 5, 2016
Lunchtime at township school is very different than lunchtime at an American public school. One reason is that lunch is provided by the government for ALL students for FREE. They must have a meat, vegetables and a carbohydrate (rice, meal, etc). The lunch ladies prepare the food all from scratch (in contrast to our American processed, chemical nightmare) every single day. The parent workers, as well as older students, then deliver bowls of food to each class. They carry around a huge bowl and buckets to serve from to each class. The students, or learners they call them, then each get a bowl of food in which they use a spoon brought from home, to eat while finishing up their work. If they don't have a spoon, they either use their fingers or wait for someone to finish their food so they can borrow their spoon. The entire time I was at the school, I never heard a single complaint about what they were getting. They took the bowl of food graciously and ate every bit of it. Some examples of the foods served are a bowl of cabbage, pumpkin, meal (that is what they call it, it was some kind of grain similar to grits) with fish gravy. Another day they served cabbage, rice, and a small (and by small I mean like 2 inch) chicken leg. VERY different than chicken nuggets, hot dogs or pizza. I can't imagine what my students would do if they were served a meal like this!