FG partners PCD, others over Home Grown School Feeding Programme

The Federal Government Home Grown School Feeding Programme got a boost with partnership for Child Development (PCD), and Imperial College, London to get value for money, as well as end hunger and malnutrition in Nigerian schools.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on the Home Grown School Feeding Programme Dr. Yetunde Adeniji disclosed this at a stakeholders workshop in Abuja.

Adeniji emphasized that the initiative was part of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s Renewed Hope Action plans,  noting that the workshop was to launch the Value for Money Study, and seek to stimate the cost of the National Home Grown School Feeding Programme in order to reflect on its multi-sectoral benefits and its impact on socio economic as well as human capital development of the country.

The SSA also stated that the objective of the study is also to determine the effectiveness of the school feeding programme in improving student’s attendance and academic performance, pointing out the comparative analysis of the benefits of investing in school feeding and other education interventions in the country.

She revealed that the study will first be launched in Kaduna and Osun states and subsequently extend to the six geopolitical states across the country as well as the entire  36 states at the end of 2024.

While emphasizing that  the stakeholders meeting marks the take-off of the programme in the two pilot states, Adeniji reiterated that teachers, principals, traditional rulers and community members would be carried along in the implementation process that would be fully monitored by state governments.

Participants include global partners, federal ministry of education, UBEC amongst other stakeholders.