Government plans to widen its School Feeding Programme. The existing GRZ programme as so far only provided food for a paltry 800, 000 school children across the country, over the last 10 years - against an estimated 3.1 million vulnerable school children annually that need to be on the programme.
One of our readers, a teacher in Mwinilunga, reports that year his school has received 56 25KG bag of mealie meal. This year they recieved 56KG bag of maize and 36 2.5liters of cooking oil. It is regared as a helpful programme to learners who come to school "with an empty stomach". In his words, "even absentism has reduced because pupils come to school knowing that they will eat". The programme at that school has has been funded by WFO, UNCDF, UNESCO, PAM in collaboration with GRZ. [view whole blog post ]