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Nov 29, 2011

School feeding programme to cover many children next year

Mr. John Dramani Mahama, the Vice President says the School Feeding Pogramme will cover an estimated 1.5 million children, thus more than doubling the 700,000 children, who are on the programme in 2008.

According to him, this is as a result of the implementation of the review strategies to expand and re-target the Feeding Programme towards improving the nutritional status of children, increasing enrolment and creating an enlarged market for local food products.  

 Mr. Mahama said this in a speech read for him at the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Hohoe Evangelical Presbyterian Senior High School in the Volta region (HEPSS) under the theme, “Quality Education, a Shared Responsibility.”

 He pointed out that GH¢50 million was allocated for the programme this year, while an additional GH¢10 million in the supplementary budget have been released.

 He said over one million children representing an increase of about 400,000 are being fed.

 Mr. Mahama explained that the re-targeting exercise is aimed at reducing the dominance of urban schools and redirecting the Programme to serve both urban and rural schools where the children most needed the food.

 He indicated that the procurement of local food products under the scheme stands at 40 percent but the Government is aiming at increasing this to 80 percent within the next two years.

 Mr. Mahama said the Government hopes to supply about 700,000 laptop computers to students to promote the learning of Information Communication Technology (ICT) with 20,000 being achieved by the close of November.

  Under the free exercise books programme, the Vice President said about 40 million books were distributed representing 93.8 percent coverage.

 He said the distribution of free school uniforms, which is a phenomenal success, is on-going and will be expanded next year. Eighty percent coverage has been achieved.

 Source: ISD