Namibia to issue new draft policy on school feeding

Namibia's education ministry said Monday that it will produce a draft policy on principles governing the planning, implementation and management of the school feeding program.

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A student of Kuskuwam Primary School is seen having her meal which is through a school feeding program, in Addis Ababa, capital of Ethiopia, Nov. 26, 2015. The school feeding program is part of a 170,000 U.S. dollars fund from International Development Department of the China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation, through Yenat Weg Charitable Association to support more than 1,100 needy students in five Ethiopian public primary schools.(Xinhua/Michael Tewelde)
A student of Kuskuwam Primary School is seen having her meal which is through a school feeding program, in Addis Ababa, capital of Ethiopia, Nov. 26, 2015. The school feeding program is part of a 170,000 U.S. dollars fund from International Development Department of the China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation, through Yenat Weg Charitable Association to support more than 1,100 needy students in five Ethiopian public primary schools.(Xinhua/Michael Tewelde)

The feeding program, which was started in 1991 to enhance learning and improve pupils’ health, has more than 330,000 beneficiaries.

Education minister Katrina Hanse-Himarwa said in a statement that the draft will also set out the roles and responsibilities of stakeholders such as government, local communities, the private sector and non-governmental organizations.

“The school feeding policy will, therefore, provide a framework where multi-sectoral collaboration will be promoted with the ultimate goal of improving access to quality education for all children in Namibia,” she said.

According to Hanse-Himarwa, the education ministry is currently decentralizing the management of education activities, including school feeding, to the regions in order to strengthen the efficiency of the program. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/NewsGhana.com.gh

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