Governor Rolls Out School Feeding Program
Health and nutrition have significant impact on the overall educational achievements of school-age children. Ensuring that children are well fed, healthy and able to learn is essential to the effectiveness of an education system.
Governor Prof. John Lonyangapuo flagged off 5,500 bags of fortified porridge flour to 503 public stand-alone Early Childhood Development Centers (ECDEs) across the county. The feeding program is also intended to cushion learners from poor families against malnutrition as a spillover adverse effect of Covid-19.
The governor said that all learners in public ECDEs will benefit from the program despite having been disrupted by CVID-19 pandemic. He further said the program will alleviate the burden of feeding children from parents from poor backgrounds.
“This program is meant to bolster the nutritional needs of our children. It is also meant to cushion parents against the costs of food for learners while at school,” he said.
The flour is highly nutritive and is blended with 21 minerals to help curb malnutrition. This programme has been instrumental in driving my agenda for the remaining period of my administration. Earlier on, the county government recruited 710 ECDE teachers adding to the 829 already in the service.
The programme has helped to increase enrolment, prevent drop-out and stabilize attendance at assisted pre-primary and primary school.
School feeding programs have been implemented in Kenya since the 1980’s with varying degrees of success. Used primarily to incentivize the enrollment and retention of rural children and girls, subsidized meal programs have played an integral part in realizing the country’s goal of universal primary education.