Rwanda Optimism Rises Over Progress of School Feeding Programme

The Government of Rwanda plans to develop a nationally owned Home Grown School Feeding (HGSF) programme with a high degree of community ownership, the Rwandan Ministry of Education recently announced.

The Director-General of Education Planning in the Ministry of Education, Dr. Erasme Rwanamiza, made the announcement reacting to a World Food Programme (WFP) recently published report which indicates that more than 360,000 primary school pupils from about 300 schools have benefited from the WFP funded school feeding programme which has been running in the Rwanda since 2002.

The World Food Programme report, titled The State of School Feeding Worldwide, was released last week in Rome, Italy, and also at the Global Child Nutrition Forum annual meeting of school feeding experts held in Brazil, where it was warned that 'the coverage of school feeding programmes is lowest in countries where the need is the greatest.'

The WFP Rwanda school feeding programme is now in its final stage with plans to hand over the programme to the education ministry, and from which, parents will be engaged within the HGSF programme.

According to the ministry, the school feeding programme has been crucial in improving education and nutrition status of school children.

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