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Slide Africa hunger School Feeding Program bread of life

School Meals Program  

The In-School Feeding Meal Program is designed to bolster education, health, and nutrition among school children hailing from underprivileged, food-scarce communities. By providing nourishing meals, we aim to harness the power of nutrition as a catalyst for learning. Our objective is to increase school attendance, decrease absenteeism, and improve cognitive functions in these vulnerable young learners. Recognizing that hunger is a significant barrier to education, our commitment is to invest in these children, ensuring they have the necessary sustenance to focus and thrive in their learning environments. 

Objectives

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Education Initiatives

The objective is to boost both school attendance and retention, drawing more children into the classroom and keeping them there. This involves elevating enrollment numbers, minimizing the instances of students missing school, and curtailing the dropout rate. Additionally, the focus is on amplifying learning and scholastic achievement by fostering improvements in students’ focus, memory retention, and broader cognitive skills, which are anticipated to lead to better educational results and heightened academic success.

Health & Nutrition Goals

The strategy aims to combat hunger and the challenges of food scarcity by tackling immediate hunger issues, boosting cognitive function, and lessening the strain of food insecurity for students and their families. The plan also seeks to elevate the nutritional status of students by supplying consistent and balanced meals that cater to their healthful dietary requirements, thereby encouraging proper growth and diminishing the incidence of malnutrition. Furthermore, by advocating for overall health and well-being, the initiative is dedicated to fostering enduring healthy lifestyles among students. 

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Social Protection Objectives

The focus is on leveling the playing field by narrowing the nutritional divide, thereby paving the way for a more just educational framework. This approach serves as a safeguard for children against the lifelong impacts of poverty, susceptibility, and societal marginalization. It also aims to alleviate the economic pressures on impoverished families, enabling them to reallocate funds typically spent on food to other critical family needs. 

Agriculture Initiatives

The goal is to tackle social disparities by addressing nutritional inequalities, thus contributing to the establishment of a more equitable educational landscape. Such efforts are crucial in shielding children from poverty, vulnerability, and social exclusion as they progress through different stages of life. Additionally, this approach aims to lighten the financial load on families in poverty, allowing them to divert what would have been food expenses towards other essential aspects of family life.

Where We Work
Countries

Ghana

Hunger

In the past two decades, Ghana has made significant progress in reducing poverty and hunger. However, there’s a stark regional disparity. Nationally, 19% of children under five suffer from chronic malnutrition or stunting, but this rate rises to 33% in the Northern Region and even 40% in some districts. This disparity highlights the gap between the prosperous south and the struggling north, and between urban and rural communities. Agricultural productivity differences, influenced by varying geography and climate, contribute to this inequality. The south benefits from dual rainy seasons, aiding the 45% of its population involved in agriculture. In contrast, the north, where 90% of families rely on farming, faces erratic rainfall and extended dry spells due to climate change, leading to food insecurity and higher malnutrition rates. Addressing these imbalances is essential for equitable progress in Ghana’s fight against hunger.

Where in Ghana 

Jirapa, Upper West Region
Literacy & Education

In the Jirapa District of Ghana, literacy levels present a stark contrast between genders and age groups. Only 44.9% of individuals aged 11 and above are literate, with males at 52.4% and females at a lower 38.8%. The challenge is further highlighted by the fact that nearly half of the population aged 3 years and above, at 47.9%, have never been to school, while a small portion, 13.1%, have had some schooling in the past. The current attendance rate stands at 39.0%, suggesting a significant gap in educational engagement, particularly affecting young girls and primary-school-age children.

The cycle of poverty exacerbates these educational challenges, as it often forces children to leave school prematurely to support their family’s income. This departure not only deprives them of crucial literacy and numeracy skills but also diminishes their future employment prospects. As adults, they may find themselves in low-income roles, mirroring the circumstances for their children, thereby perpetuating a cycle of poverty.

This interconnection between poverty and education underscores the urgency for interventions that can break this cycle, providing children with the opportunity to complete their education and build a foundation for better career opportunities.

Buboo MA KG School

Mwankuri Goziiri Primary School

Communities & Schools, We Are Serving

Mwankuri Goziiri and Buboo

The School Feeding Program provides much-needed meals to the students of Mwankuri Goziiri and Buboo M/A Kindergarten and Primary Schools. Situated in economically challenged areas, these schools serve a total of 127 young learners, with a nearly even split of 64 girls and 63 boys, ranging in age from 3 to 11 years. This initiative is a crucial support for these communities, ensuring that the children receive the vital nutrition they need to focus on their studies and grow healthily.

Mwankuri Goziiri School

Buboo MA School

School Meals Program 

Procurement of Dinning Furniture, Essentials, and kitchenware

Before the school meal initiative began, the schools were struggling with a lack of essential dining supplies. Students had no choice but to sit on the floor to eat, as chairs and tables were scarce. The absence of basic utensils such as bowls, plates, and spoons, coupled with inadequate facilities for storing food safely, compounded the issue. The schools also felt the absence of necessary kitchenware like water containers and cooking pots. 

The introduction of the intervention program marked a turning point. Through its efforts, the program attracted substantial donations, which bridged the resource gap. Now, the schools are equipped with proper seating for meals, a full set of utensils for each student, and reliable storage solutions for both food and water. The availability of cooking pots has also improved the meal preparation process. This transformation has significantly enhanced the dining experience for students, contributing positively to their daily school life.
 

Before Intervention
 

After Intervention
 

 

Introduced Protein-rich Choices into Children’s Meal Program

Prior to the advent of the school meal program, the dietary intake of the students was heavily skewed towards carbohydrates, with cornmeal being a staple, leaving a significant protein deficit in their meals. The implementation of the school meal program, bolstered by generous contributions, has revolutionized their daily diet. Now, every child is assured a balanced meal each school day, enriched with protein sources such as eggs, fish, chicken, and beans. The menu is diverse, offering a variety of dishes that range from jollof rice paired with fish and nutrient-packed leafy greens like dawadawa, to a hearty serving of beans and gari complemented by tomato stew and dawadawa.


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After Intervention
 

Community Engagement & Involvement

Parents Teachers Association & School Management Committee

The School Feeding Program receives significant involvement from various stakeholders, including parents, teachers, the Assembly Man, Chiefs, the Parents Teachers Association (PTA), and the School Management Committee. Both the Buboo and Goziiri communities actively contribute food items like maize, millet, shea butter, and beans. Furthermore, community women volunteer to take turns cooking for the children, fostering a strong sense of community engagement and shared responsibility.

Community and Parental Engagement

By actively contributing both financially and through food donations, parents and community members play a crucial role in bolstering their children’s school meal programs, thereby reinforcing the program’s effectiveness and ensuring its long-term viability.

Families & Parental Support

Community and parental collaboration is exemplified as parents and local women volunteer on a rotational basis to prepare meals for the children, cultivating a robust atmosphere of communal participation and collective accountability.

School Management Committee and Parents(SMC)

The School Management Committee (SMC) galvanizes community engagement, guiding educational progress through oversight, strategic planning, and fiscal oversight. They mobilize parental support financially and inspire collective action towards quality education.

Collaboration with Ghana Education Services (GES)

Entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Ghana Education Service that commits to oversee the school feeding program’s strategic planning and execution and ensuring that every resource is managed with utmost efficiency.

Learn Where We Work

How we are supporting education, health, and nutrition for school children.

Our Programs

The Bread of Life International program is committed to making a substantial impact on the lives of food-deficit deprived communities, low-income households, and vulnerable individuals, including families, children, and infants who struggle to afford food even in the presence of functioning local markets. Our comprehensive program encompasses a range of vital initiatives aimed at addressing immediate hunger and creating lasting change. Our programs include:

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