The problem with drinking water at schools
In Indonesia, only 21 percent of schools provide safe drinking water to their students . As a result, many school children buy expensive, often sugary drinks, drink contaminated water, or suffer from dehydration. This leads to a myriad of health problems such as diarrhea, stunting, & wasting, all of which have a negative impact on a child’s development.
Drinking sugary drinks is a major contributor to childhood obesity, which is a driver of the spike in cases of type two diabetes among children. Type two diabetes is caused by poor diet and is usually rare among children.
: United Nations Children’s Fund (2020). The State of Children in Indonesia – Trends, Opportunities and Challenges for Realizing Children’s Rights. Jakarta: UNICEF Indonesia.