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Feeding programme improves school attendance

MWAPE MWENYA, Zambezi
KASOMBU Primary School head teacher Area Mangalashi says the school feeding programme under the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) project has improved attendance and grade one enrolment at his school.

SUN is a project being implemented by the Food and Nutrition Commission in collaboration with five government ministries that include the Ministry of Education.
Mr Mangalashi said since the inception of the programme in 2015, absenteeism among learners has reduced and the health of the children has improved.
His school has 198 children from grades one to seven and it only has two teachers.
“Under the same project, we are growing citrus fruits and bananas at school to supplement the nutritional value of the children,” Mr Mangalashi said.
He, however, implored Government to build a classroom block to accommodate all the pupils in school.
He said because of inadequate classrooms, children in different grades are being combined in one classroom, a situation he said is inconveniencing to pupils.
Mr Mangalashi said the school also has inadequate furniture and most children are made to sit on bricks and stools.
And Ministry of Education planning officer Simon Mulenga said 48 teachers in 48 schools in the district have been oriented on how to implement the SUN project.
Mr Mulenga said the project has set a target of 14,000 children out of whom 8,000 have since been reached.
He said the programme has been well received by the ministry in the district as it has improved attendance and concentration among learners in schools.

 

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