World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search


Japanese Soccer Ace Highlights School Feeding Prog

Japanese Soccer Ace Highlights UN School Feeding Programme in Cambodia

New York, Dec 14 2006 5:00PM

The recently retired Japanese soccer player Hidetoshi Nakata has joined forces with the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to spotlight the agency’s free meal operations for schoolchildren in Cambodia, which is plagued by some of the lowest literacy rates in Asia.

Last week Mr. Nakata donated soccer balls to local children while visiting a primary school in the Cambodian town of Siem Reap, where the WFP provides hot breakfasts to 830 students.

“These soccer balls and WFP’s breakfast programme will make this school even more attractive for children to continue their education,” said Thomas J. Keusters, WFP Country Director for Cambodia.

“I hope that one day there will be a Cambodian Nakata who will reach international fame thanks to our school feeding programme.”

Less than half of all students – or just 45 per cent – complete primary school in Cambodia, where many children drop out because they have to work to support their families, help with household chores or care for sick or elderly relatives.

WFP’s school feeding programme in the South-East Asian country reaches about 600,000 children at more than 1,500 schools, but a lack of donations recently means that since October the agency has had to cut the amounts of food it hands out.

Mr. Nakata, who retired after this year’s World Cup in Germany, played soccer at the top international level for a decade.


© Scoop Media

World Headlines


Gordon Campbell: On The Chemical Weapons Attack (and Response) In Syria

The past week’s headlines about the chemical attacks in Syria – and the military response by the US, France and Britain – have tended to overshadow a few of the downstream outcomes. More>>


Pacific Moves: China, Vanuatu And Australia

Washington’s vigilant deputy, doing rounds on the beat in the Pacific, has been irate of late. The central issue here is the continuing poking around of China in an area that would have been colloquially termed in the past “Australia’s neighbourhood”. More>>


Diplomatic Madness: The Expulsion of Russian Diplomats

How gloriously brave it seemed, some 23 nations coming together like a zombie collective to initiate a fairly ineffectual action in of itself: the expulsion of Russian diplomats or, as they preferred to term it, intelligence operatives. More>>


Campbell On: the US demonising of Iran

Satan may not exist, but the Evil One has always been a handy tool for priests and politicians alike. Currently, Iran is the latest bogey conjured up by Washington to (a) justify its foreign policy interventions and (b) distract attention from its foreign policy failures. More


Cyclone Gita: 70% Of Tonga Population Affected

The full scale of destruction is beginning to emerge from Tonga in the aftermath of the severe tropical cyclone Gita. Around 50,000 people, or almost 70% of the country’s population, have been affected, a third of whom are children. More>>


  • Pacific.Scoop
  • Cafe Pacific
  • PMC