Children Encouraged To Eat Fruits for Snacks Instead of Sweets

Farmer in Zanzibar

National and regional officials of the Ghana School Feeding Programme (GSFP) and the Partnership for Child Development (PCD), Imperial College London encouraged the purchase of fruits as snacks instead of candies and biscuits during a monitoring tour of an Impact Evaluation on schools under the Ghana School Feeding Programme (GSFP) from 19 - 29 May. In all, 58 impact evaluation districts are expected to be monitored.

The team in the Northern regions expected to visit thirteen (13) districts between 20th and 28th of May, 2014. As at 21st May, the team had visited six (6) out of the thirteen (13) beneficiary districts. The school feeding programme is a social intervention program of the government of Ghana aimed at providing one hot nutritious meal a day for school aged children. The programme aims to improve the nutritional status of school children and also increase and retain school enrolment.

Fred Amese, Nutrition Programme Officer indicated that PCD is providing technical support to the government of Ghana to implement a number of interventions in the school feeding programme. The interventions he said were focused on the promotion of good health and hygiene and the promotion of healthy eating habits through behaviour change communication strategies.

He indicated that the purpose of the project is to evaluate the impact on Home Grown School Feeding programmes of interventions that are targeted to increase access, retention, learning and cognition of school age children as well as improve the livelihoods of smallholder farmers. In this regard, the caterers, cooks, head-teachers, district nutrition officers and district desk officers have all been trained in order to successfully execute the interventions.

 

 

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