Education CS Machogu Launches School Feeding Program
Parents, particularly in drought-stricken areas, can now sigh relief after the government inaugurated a school food program.
Education CS Ezekiel Machogu introduced the initiative at the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) on Wednesday, November 2.
The Ministry, according to Machogu, has taken steps to ensure that food reaches schools in drought- and famine-stricken regions.
Interdepartmental and intergovernmental actions will accomplish this.
Different departments and government agencies will work together to transport the food to the designated schools and recipients.
The Cabinet Secretary thanked donors and well-wishers and urged them to continue assisting the government by providing food to Kenyans in need.
During the launch, Machogu was accompanied by departing PS Basic Education Julius Jwan and KICD CEO Prof. Charles Ong’ondo.
Currently, ten counties in Kenya are affected by drought.
They include; Isiolo, Mandera, Samburu, Kajiado, Tharaka Nithi, Turkana, Wajir, Laikipia, Tana River and Marsabit.
The counties have been designated for rapid assistance by numerous food aid programs.
In addition, the counties of Embu, Garissa, Kitui, Makueni, Meru, Narok, Nyeri, Taita Taveta, Kwale, and Kilifi are experiencing alarming droughts.
The government has designated Baringo, West Pokot, and Lamu as having regular drought stages.
Schools in the counties above can anticipate receiving food aid from the government beginning on November 2.
The program is being carried out in partnership with the World Food Programme (WFP).
Ezekiel Machogu, Cabinet Secretary for Education, stated that hunger affects students most.
“As we continue to deal with the devastating drought and famine which has hampered food production significantly, we have sought inter-ministerial and inter-governmental interventions to ensure that food reaches those who cannot access it,’’ said Machogu.
He was speaking at the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development for the launch of a booklet called The History of Kenya’s School Meals Program.
Machogu said Tuesday that food rationing benefits more than 2.5 million students annually in ten arid-area counties.
“We are dispatching food consisting of 4,313 metric tonnes of rice, 1,150 metric tonnes of beans, 147 metric tonnes of oil and 57 metric tonnes to support children for a duration of one month,” Machogu said.
Machogu stated that the food delivered was obtained from local farmers and vendors.
The CS recently announced the publication of a book titled “The History of the School Meals Program.”
“We shall continue to work tirelessly towards ensuring that we provide support to the school meals programme to improve learner admission and retention,” said Machogu.
Valerie Guarnieri, WFP’s Deputy Executive Director for Programme and Policy Development, stated that the organization would continue to support the initiative.