The Following Schools in Arid Areas to Receive Food from Next Month
The Following Schools in Arid Areas to Receive Food from Next Month. Schools in the Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (Asal) will start receiving aid from the state’s food program.
A program named “Home Grown” will start providing locally produced food to schools in eleven Asal counties next month.
For the purpose of feeding their children, schools will have money transferred into their school accounts. After that, the boards of management (BOM) of the principals will meet to discuss purchasing meals for the children.
Both primary and junior secondary levels of elementary schools will get funding for the initiative.
Information on the schools that would receive funding for food purchases has already been provided to the Ministry. Currently, the effort covers about 540 unregistered schools.
The government started a scheme to distribute meals to schools to keep pupils enrolled.
In schools, second term games are set to start. The program will make it easier for pupils to participate in important school events.
On the program, the World Food Programme (WFP) is working with others. Data from the Ministry of Education show that few students attend the majority of Asal schools.
Due to the effects of the challenging economy, learners are unable to attend school regularly, and some drop out, which prevents parents from being able to care for their children.
The Cabinet Secretary for Education, Ezekiel Machogu, named students as being the most at risk from starvation.
In order to ensure that food reaches people who cannot access it, Machogu remarked at the book launch that “we have sought inter-ministerial and inter-governmental interventions as we continue to deal with the devastating drought and famine that has severely hampered food production.”
He was giving a speech for the publication of a booklet titled The History of Kenya’s School Meals Program at the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development.
According to Machogu, each year roughly 2.5 million kids in ten counties with arid climates benefit from food rationing.
5,667 metric tonnes of food were delivered to the hardest-hit counties during the previous academic year, including Isiolo, Garissa, Turkana, Marsabit, Tana River, Mandera, Wajir, and Samburu.
“We are sending food to support children for a month,” Machogu continued, “consisting of 4,313 metric tonnes of rice, 1,150 metric tonnes of beans, 147 metric tonnes of oil, and 57 metric tonnes.
According to Machogu, “We will keep working hard to make sure that we support the school meals program in order to improve learner admission and retention.”
According to Machogu, the food delivery came from local farmers and vendors.
The World Food Program (WFP) will continue to support the project, according to Valerie Guarnieri, the organization’s deputy executive director for program and policy development.