EMERGENCY SCHOOL FEEDING PROGRAMME SUCCESS STORY
Project Title: Emergency School Feeding Programme to reduce risks of Cognitive Underdevelopment and Malnutrition of School going Children in Renk and Melut County of former Upper Nile State.
The emergency School Feeding Programme which is implemented by Support for Peace and Education Programme (SPEDP) and funded by South Sudan Humanitarian Fund (SSHF) is operating in two Counties of Renk and Melut in Northern Upper Nile State. Emergency School Feeding Programme targets 10 Primary Schools in both Renk and Melut Counties of Northern Upper Nile State with target beneficiaries of 5,000 School Pupils.
The Emergency School Feeding Project provides Capacity building to the Education stakeholders like Parent Teachers Associations (PTAs) / School Monitoring Committee (SMC) members and school meals to the Pupils in 10 supported Schools. The main Objectives of the School Feeding Programme are to increase enrolment and improve the performance of the pupils both in examinations and during lessons.
- All the 10 Schools in the two Counties were reached 5 in Renk and 5 in Melut; the total number of the learners registered in Renk 4,060 (M=2,273, F=1,787), in Melut 2,590 (M=1, 700, F=890) and the total for both Schools were 6,650 (M= 3973, F= 2677) excluding teachers and the Cooks.
- 6,838 beneficiaries has benefited from these 0initiative in late September whereby (Pupils=6,650, Cooks=30, Teachers=158).
- Continuous monitoring and Supervision of Teachers, Learners attendance and Cooks Performance.
- Collecting Success stories to measure the Project Impact.
- There was improvement in enrollment in the schools which has exceeded the targeted number 5,000 to high number of beneficiaries with 6,838 in all the selected schools.
- Time management was improved due to the Programme , normal class was starting at 8:00 am children was disperse home at 11:30 am before the Emergency School Feeding Programme but after the Programme, normal class start at 8:00 am and learners dispersed at 2:00 PM.
- Teachers became active in teaching after eating because they are the secondary beneficiaries of the Emergency School Feeding Programme.
- Learner’s performance has improved since the Programme was introduced. When the last bell for dispersing is rang, they remain in school doing revision which lead to improvement in their Performances.
- The Programme has improved learners attendance on daily basis where by the absentees do happened unless a learner was sick or ill.
- The Emergency School Feeding Programme has motivated children to come to school hence most of them are from poor family and getting diet is not easy so these initiative made them to turn up to School because the food is available daily.
- Competition became high whereby the children from the Poor background are competing with those from rich background because their energy is now balance since the food is available which lead them to revise all the time.
- Since the enrolment has increased, there is reduction in the number of Street Children at the Market because many of them got enrolled in School.