State and WFP to spent Ksh3 billion on school meals
13 October 2016, 08:26
Nairobi - The Government in conjunction with World Food Programme (WFP) is spending about KSh3 billion to provide meals to school going children under the Home Grown School Meals Programme (HGSMP) in Arid and Semi-Arid regions in Kenya.
The Principal Secretary for the Basic Education Dr Belio Kipsang said the Government has allocated KSh1.3 billion while WFP has given KSh1.6 in food and other materials towards the programme. “Without these meals, some of these children would not be in school,” he noted.
Dr Kipsang spoke on Wednesday morning when he flagged off 50 motor cycles and a motor vehicle donated by WFP to the government to help in monitoring the implementation of the programme. Dr Kipsang said the programme was supporting 800,000 pupils, saying it had ensured access and retention of pupils in these regions.
WFP Country Representative Annalisa Conte said the organisation was committed to supporting the Ministry to ensure children in harsh climatic environments go to school and remain there like children elsewhere in the country.
Dr Kipsang said the provision of food to learners was one of the strategies to improve access to education in the area. Present during the ceremony included the Director General of Education Mrs Leah Rotich, and the Director for Basic Education, Mr Hobart Abdi, and the Director for Secondary and Tertiary Education, Mr Robert Masese.