2022 Budget: Beneficiaries of School Feeding Programme to reach 4 million next year

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School Feeding
School Feeding

Mr Ken Ofori-Atta, Minister of Finance, says beneficiaries of the Ghana School Feeding Programme will gpo up to 4 million next year from 3,448,065.

“Mr. Speaker, the Ghana School Feeding Programme fed 3,448,065 pupils in 10,832 public basic schools with one hot nutritious meal every school-going day in 2021. This number will increase to 4 million pupils in the coming year,” he said.

The Minister, who said this when he was presenting the Government’s 2022 Economic Policy and Budget Statement to parliament on Wednesday, said the programme provided employment for 32,496 caterers and created a ready market for local farmers.

He said the Government through the Free Senior High School initiative this year, had completed 118 infrastructure projects comprising classrooms, dormitories, administration blocks, libraries, and canteens at the secondary education level.

He said the number of completed projects under the Free Senior High School (FSHS) infrastructure intervention stood at 657 out of a total of 1,119 projects from GETFUND and other funding sources.

Mr Ofori-Atta said 425,061 first-year students had been enrolled on the FSHS programme bringing the total intake to 1,261,495 students.

The students, he said, had received 4,135,284 exercise books, 1,767,547 note books, 395,571 physical education kits, 1,734,800 cartridge art paper for visual arts students, among others, as part of the implementation of the programme.

The Ghana School Feeding Programme (GSFP) is an initiative of the comprehensive Africa Agricultural Development Programme (CAADP) Pillar 3, which seeks to enhance food security and reduce hunger in line with the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (MDGs) on hunger, poverty and malnutrition.

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