Federal Government has finally launched the school feeding programme, which is expected to ensure the feeding of over 24 million primary school children. The scheme which was flagged off today 12th June by the Vice President ,Yemi Osinbajo, is part of the N500 billion social investment plans of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration and would see that each child is given one meal per day in the first year of its operation.
The event was held at the Old Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja and some dignitaries were in attendance alongside government representatives and stakeholders from 36 states of the federation and developmental partners.
The Federal Government would be working with key technical partners to capitalize upon global experience and adopt best practices. One of such partners is the UK’s Imperial College, London’s Partnership for Child Development, PCD, which would be providing technical assistance to the Presidency.
To achieve national coverage, the Federal Government will also be partnering with states and local communities for a successful implementation of the Home Grown School Feeding (HGSF) programme.
According to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, the scheme which is aimed at helping pupils become better students, boost the local economies, and create new jobs along the way, will run until 2020 and form the cornerstone of the nationwide HGSF programme, even as both the federal and state governments are expected to review the strategic plan for the scheme.
At the event, the Vice President will also be launching “Global School Feeding Sourcebook: Lessons from 14 countries,” a joint Partnership for Child Development, the World Bank and World Food Programme analysis of national school feeding programmes from across the globe.
The FG has also unveiled its plans to employ 500,000 unemployed Nigerians through its N-Power Teach programme. The scheme which is the another of the N500 billion social investment programmes planned by the Buhari-led government is set to begin receiving online applications for positions in the 500,000 direct teacher jobs scheme, from June 12.