The Namibian Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture will launch its first Namibia School Feeding Programme Policy, a government official said Thursday.
The policy will serve as a mechanism for the implementation of the school feeding program, aimed at addressing inequalities, nutritional deficiencies and increase access to education of children from insecure households.
Absalom Absalom, public relations officer in the education ministry, said that the policy is also set to address challenges procurement and stakeholder coordination.
“Our goal is for further enhancement of school participation. The policy also makes provision for the expansion of the feeding program to upper phases of education as well as the diversification of meals through school gardens and other unconventional methods of farming,” Absalom said.
The policy will be launched on October 18 at Otjomuise Primary School in Namibia’s capital, Windhoek, alongside the first hydroponic garden to diversify school meals from the current fortified -maize.
The school feeding program currently benefits more than 370,000 learners (served a mid-morning meal of porridge) in 1,400 state schools countrywide. Enditem