Pupils from 25 schools across Scotland are coming together over the next month to support malnourished children in Malawi and Pakistan – with the use of wearable tech.
The Unicef Kid Power pilot, backed by the Scottish Government, encourages primary-six pupils to get active while helping to transform the lives of other children around the world. The programme will present 1,000 pupils with a Unicef Kid Power fitness band which monitors their daily levels of exercise.
Participants will be awarded points for the number of steps they take and these points will then be converted into funding which helps Unicef buy life-saving food for children in Malawi and Pakistan suffering from starvation.
Scotland is the first country to take part in the initiative outside of the US.
Nicola Ferguson, head teacher at Woodlands Primary School, one of the participating schools, told the Daily Record: “Kid Power has been a great way of encouraging the children to be more active both through planned physical activity and through their daily lives. This has benefited their own health and wellbeing while also allowing them to help other children who are in desperate need of food through the nutrition packs.
“The children are very enthusiastic about the programme and this is evident in their involvement in the lessons and their eagerness to have their points tallied up. The staff have gotten in on the act too with many of us doing extra trips up and down the stairs and even some sledging in the snow.”
All the schools taking part in the pilot have been awarded the Unicef UK Rights Respecting Schools Award which recognises achievement in putting children’s rights at the heart of a school’s practice and culture.
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