Recognizing the importance of school canteen  as a medium for nutrition education of school children, SEAMEO RECFON presented its project proposal on publishing a Healthy School Canteen Reference Book for teachers and students during the 2020 SEAMEO Centre Directors Virtual Meeting held on 15-16 July 2020.  The project proposal is among the five project proposals submitted to SEAMEO Secretariat for possible funding under the Inter-Centre Collaboration (ICC) Program.

The proposed project generally aims to facilitate the teaching-learning process among school teachers and students in Southeast Asia on healthy school canteen taking inspiration from a compilation of effective policies and programs and best practices from selected countries in Southeast Asia. The book that would be produced from this project also aims to acknowledge and promote the efforts of schools and governments in the region in advocating healthy school canteens for the general welfare of their school children.

SEAMEO RECFON has identified Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines and Thailand as the first set of countries to be featured in the book.   The project will be in collaboration with other SEAMEO Centres in these countries, namely: SEAMEO Regional Centre for Vocational and Technical Education (VOCTECH), Regional Centre for Special Education Needs (SEN), Regional Centre for History and Traditions (CHAT), Regional Centre for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) and Regional Regional Centre for Tropical Medicine (TROPMED).

To augment the SEAMEO ICC fund, SEAMEO RECFON shall allocate a part of its  2020-2021 budget in implementing this project. The draft of the book is expected to be produced by April 2021. The Centre hopes to feature the remaining SEAMEO member countries in another publication as a sequel to this project in 2022.