Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Many Dutch Children Go to School Hungry and Dirty

Many hundreds of Dutch school children come to school without having eaten breakfast, unwashed and in tattered clothes.  These results were taken from research conducted by RTL on Dutch elementary schools.  160 elementary schools reported a total of 1,100 cases of children which do not get their basic needs met at home, such as enough food and decent clothes.  When they arrive to school, they are not bathed and their teeth are not brushed.  The 160 schools have mentioned that they have 1-20 such children in their school. The phenomenon is nationwide.  Poverty often plays a role, as well as alcoholism and parental neglect.  Also, in rich families, parents are sometimes so busy that the children have nothing but junk food for breakfast.