WFP re­sumes school feed­ing pro­gramme

Mizzima Business Weekly - - AFFAIRS -

Since 3 Au­gust, the World Food Pro­gramme (WFP) in co­or­di­na­tion with the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion has re­sumed its school feed­ing pro­gramme, aim­ing to reach more than 230,000 school­child­ren through daily on-site feed­ing with High Energy Bis­cuits in over 1,800 schools across three states and one re­gion a media re­lease from the or­gan­i­sa­tion on 4 Au­gust

Re­sump­tion of school feed­ing is tak­ing place in 22 town­ships in Shan State, 7 town­ships in Mag­way Re­gion, 1 town­ship in Chin State and will pro­ceed in another 17 town­ships. The re­sump­tion is de­layed in some flood-af­fected ar­eas un­til af­ter schools are re-opened when the floods com­pletely re­cede.

In sup­port of the Gov­ern­ment of Myan­mar’s readi­ness to em­ploy school feed­ing as a so­cial safety net, the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion and WFP signed a Let­ter of In­tent (LoI) on 5 June to part­ner on the Na­tional School Feed­ing Pro­gramme (NSFP) in Myan­mar. With the ob­jec­tive to han­dover the own­er­ship of the pro­gramme to the na­tional gov­ern- ment by main­stream­ing it in the coun­try’s na­tional poli­cies, WFP will co­op­er­ate with the Min­istry on the de­sign and im­ple­men­ta­tion of NSEP strate­gies and ac­tion plans, de­vel­op­ment of a school feed­ing pol­icy as well as ca­pac­ity build­ing of the Min­istry’s key staff.

The Min­istry will lead the ini­tia­tive, whereas WFP will pro­vide tech­ni­cal and fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance as well as sup­port ca­pac­ity-build­ing.

(Mizzima)

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