Education Ministry launches school feeding policy

Deputy Minister of Education Arts and Culture Anna Nghipondoka launched the School Feeding Policy on Friday at Otjomuise Primary School in Windhoek, a program that was approved by cabinet in March this year.

She said the school feeding policy is aimed at addressing hunger, particularly for food insecure households to make sure that children don't attend school on empty stomach, while at the same time addressing health and nutrition of learners through the delivery of a diversified nutritious diet that provides ability to focus in class.

Today, we mark yet another milestone in the education sector, one intended to ensure that our children do not study on an empty stomach, one that ensures our children concentrate better in class and their nutrition is improved through the consumption of nutritious food, said Nghipondoka.

She added that, well-fed children learn better and school feeding programs help keep children into school, resulting in reduced absenteeism and through addressing short term hunger by enhancing cognitive abilities for children.

United Nation World Food Program (UNWFP) country representative to Namibia Edda Bohn whose speech was delivered on his behalf by Elvis Odeke said, no single government or organisation can achieve zero hunger alone, especially in a time when natural disasters like droughts are causing havoc among communities, therefore UNWFP will continue to stand with Namibia.

UNWFP is committed to work with national governments to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and school feeding is one of the strategies UNWFP uses to contribute to the attainment of national goals and the global development goals such as helping end poverty and hunger, said Odeke.