MONROVIA, April 13 (LINA) – The Ministry of Education in collaboration with the World Food Program (WFP) and Mary’s Meals International Friday celebrated the School Feeding in Liberia.
The School Feeding Program in Liberia began in 1968 with few schools benefiting from the exercise.
The program over the years has grown to reach about 241,146 beneficiaries in 1,802 schools across Liberia.
There are two main partners cooperating with the Ministry of Education to implement the program in Liberia, including the World Food Program (WFP) and Mary’s Meals International (MMI).
The Ministry of Education and the two partners are implementing the conventional School feeding Program in Liberia, while the ministry and WFP are piloting the Home Grown School Feeding Program in 12 schools in Nimba County.
The purpose of School Feeding in Liberian schools is to increase enrolment, attendance, retention and completion rates of students in schools.
The School Feeding will encourage parents to enrol their children to access affordable, quality and relevance education.
Meanwhile, the program also alleviates short-term hunger to improve learning capacity and outcomes.
The food provided to children during the school days improve children’s performance in cognitive tasks as children who are hungry in the classroom are more likely to encounter difficulty in concentrating on complex tasks even if they are otherwise well-nourished
The Celebration of the African School Feeding Day is the decision reached by the African heads of state and government during the 26th Summit of the African Union in January2016, in support of School Feeding and established in March 1 as the Day to celebrate each year across the continent of Africa.
Meanwhile, the theme for this year’s celebration is « Realizing the African Child’s full potential through effective Home Grown School Feeding ».