PCD and Mali Government Organise Training on the Effective Monitoring of Mali's HGSF Programme

Participants in group sessions on the M&E training

Partnership for Child Development (PCD) and Mali’s Ministry of Education (MoE) recently organised a workshop attended by representatives from Mali’s National Center for School Canteens (CNCS), National Directorates of the Ministry of Education and its Ministry of Rural Development, on how to effectively monitor Mali’s school feeding programme.

Opening the workshop, Mali’s Ministry of Education (MoE) representative Mr Mamadou Sissouma said, "M&E trainings as provided by the workshop will allow Mali’s school feeding programme to be better implemented, helping to tackle child malnutrition and improve school participation on a greater scale." 

At the workshop, representatives alongside technical and financial partners, the World Food Programme and Catholic Relief Service were trained on how to use M&E tools as part of PCD supported National Strategy for School Feeding in Mali - which provides a single strategic framework for M&E activities to ensure concerted implementation of Mali's school feeding policy. 

PCD have been supporting the Malian Government through the provision of technical assistance and evidenced based research to improve the delivery and sustainability of its school feeding programme since 2011. The programme seeks to ameliorate the health and education abilities of schoolchildren through the provision of free school meals at the same time as improving the income and livelihood opportunities for smallholder farmers by sourcing their produce for the school meals.   

"The workshop was a major impact in implementing the National M&E Strategy and an important step in addressing the challenges present in Mali’s school feeding M&E system" said PCD’s Mali Programme Manager, Mr. Amadou Sekou Diallo. He continued, "I would like to commend the Ministry of Education for their commitment and determination to improve the health and nutrition of schoolchildren."  

The workshop which ran from 1 to 3 October in Bamako included plenary and group sessions where participants heard presentations on the National M&E Strategy and all the M&E tools and where instructions were given to evaluate the consistency and reliability of the M&E tools user’s manual, making proposals to improve it. Following the exchange and after clarification of points of view, amendments were adopted and included in the manual. The workshop was also aimed at disseminating trainings down to local levels as a group of central levels trainers were established to train local stakeholders. 

Formal closing words were given by the Deputy Director of the CNCS. Mr. Youssouf Diarra who thanked PCD and congratulated participants for the hard work during the three days, inviting them to effectively apply their new skills. Training certificates were delivered at the end of the workshop. 

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