Through a sustainable school feeding programme, this project will help eradicate hunger and increase access to primary school education in 8 schools across Amuru district.
It ran from 4:57 PM, 14 December 2011 to 4:57 PM, 14 December 2011
Registered Charity in England and Wales (274467)
Hungry children do not make good learners and hunger is frequently a cause of children dropping out of school, or not attending altogether. With an estimated 75 million children worldwide not going to school, this is an issue that needs to be addressed urgently. In Amuru district, there is a 41% drop out rate between the first and second years of primary school and a lack of food has been identified as the primary cause. Those children that do continue to attend often leave school early in search of food. Meanwhile, government policy currently states that the feeding of primary school children is the responsibility of parents. Girls are much more likely than boys to be denied an education and so the project will have a particular focus on girls. The goals of the project are: ‚Ä¢To reduce school drop-out amongst girls in particular ‚Ä¢To increase the priority of school feeding on the government agenda at local and national level ‚Ä¢To increase local productivity of food to ensure communities are self-sustaining These goals will be achieved through the following activities: ‚Ä¢Provide a protein rich porridge breakfast to all children in the selected schools for one year as a short-term strategy; ‚Ä¢Construct a food store, kitchen and rainwater harvesting tanks in each school; ‚Ä¢Support the formation of School Feeding Management Committees in each community; ‚Ä¢Support children, parents and teachers to engage at local and national government levels to support community based school feeding programs within education policy; ‚Ä¢Support the establishment of school gardens through provision of high yielding seeds. This will also be extended to 500 vulnerable households to encourage parents to send their daughters to school. This is an 18 month project costing ¬£100,000.
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