Zim to re-introduce schools feeding program

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Bulawayo (New Ziana) -The Zimbabwe government will soon re-introduce the supplementary feeding program in primary schools which it stopped in 2020 when the Covid-19 pandemic broke out.

Primary and Secondary Education director for communication and advocacy Taungana Ndoro said this during a tour of schools that benefitted from the Schools Improvement Grant (SIG) in Bulawayo.

“The move is being done to motivate the children to go to school as they walk long distances. Sometimes the distance may discourage them to come to school,” he said.

Ndoro said the government would prioritise schools in remote areas where some of the children went to school without eating anything and as a result, failed to concentrate during lessons.

He said the government would provide two meals a day which consisted of porridge in the morning and the staple sadza in the afternoon.

“This should give them energy to consume what they will be taught and appreciate school. The programme will be rolled out soon. We are only waiting for the disbursement of the funds so that we start implementing it,” he said.

Ndoro encouraged schools to grow vegetables as the government would procure and supply grain from the Grain Marketing Board (GMB).

“After we supply grain to the schools it is up to them and the communities to have nutritional gardens where they grow vegetables to be used as relish,” he said, adding members of the community would cook for the school children.

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