The Ministry of Education has actively sought support for implementing school feeding programs in all schools across the country.
Speaking during the Children Devolution Conference on Tuesday July 4, the State Department of Basic Education PS Belio Kipsang emphasized the program’s significance in ensuring students remain in school.
“We sometimes underestimate the importance of the meal provided through school feeding programs. That single meal is crucial, and it often becomes the sole reason why our children attend school.” Kipsang stated.
He praised the initiative for its beneficial role in mitigating school dropouts.
“By providing a meal through the school feeding program, we are able to reduce school dropouts.” He stated.
Kipsang highlighted the nutritional advantages students gain from the program and called upon all stakeholders to continue supporting it.
He also emphasized the government’s commitment to reducing school dropouts by implementing re-entry programs for expectant students, as these initiatives are vital for reintegrating students into educational institutions.
Besides, Kipsang stressed the importance of collaboration and partnerships between the Ministry of Education and county governments.
“We will continue working with governors and county governments to improve and develop policies that assist our children,” he affirmed.
According to a survey conducted in Kwale by Plan International Kenya, communities with school feeding programs observed an increase in student enrollment and attendance during periods of hunger.
Nairobi- Dishi Na County
Recently, the Nairobi County Assembly unanimously approved Governor Johnson Sakaja’s school feeding program.
The initiative, dubbed “Dishi na County,” is designed to provide nutritious meals to primary school children attending public schools.
Initially, the program was allocated a budget of Sh1.2 billion for food expenses, with an additional Sh500 million designated for the construction of new kitchens and serving sheds. However, after careful deliberation, the Finance, Budget, and Appropriations Committee decided to reduce the budget by Sh136 million.
The school feeding program aims to benefit approximately 250,000 primary school children in Nairobi.
By enhancing the nutritional well-being of learners, the county government anticipates to improve attendance rates, enhance academic performance, and a smooth transition to higher levels of education.