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Nigeria's School Feeding Prrogramme Featured On Al-jazeera. by modath(f): 10:12am On Nov 02, 2018
Abeokuta, Nigeria - Dozens of children cheer at the Baptist Nursery and Primary School compound in Bode-Ijaiye suburb of Abeokuta city, the capital of Ogun state, as their friends try to outpace each other on a 100-metre dash in a dusty field.


Ogun state inter-school football and track-and-field competitions are just around the corner, and teachers want to prepare the children physically and mentally for the task ahead.

Away from the laughter and shouts of encouragement on the field, four female cooks with aprons on top of traditional indigo-dyed adire gowns ladle porridge mixed with vegetables and fish into hundreds of stainless steel bowls with lids.

"I want to say a big thank you to the federal government of Nigeria and the Ogun state government for providing food for us," 10-year-old Ramon Samuel told Al Jazeera before opening the lid on his bowl.

Samuel and his classmates receive free meals every school day thanks to a national programme, which aims to provide nutritious meals to young schoolchildren in order to increase enrolment, help them stay in school, and reduce malnutrition, particularly among children from low-income families.

The Home Grown School Feeding initiative, a movement launched in 2003, is driven by national governments to improve the lives of schoolchildren and farmers alike. It is practised across the continent, including in Ghana, Kenya, Mali, Ethiopia, Namibia, Botswana, Ivory Coast, and South Africa.

The concept is not confined just to the continent as Brazil, Japan, and Italy have similar programmes aimed at keeping children fed while promoting local agriculture.]

Though the scheme began in December 2016 in Nigeria, it is not entirely new here. Nigeria's former President Olusegun Obasanjo launched a pilot programme in 13 states in September 2005, but after a few years, only southwestern Osun state maintained it.

The plan was reintroduced by President Muhammadu Buhari in December 2016 as part of his administration's multi-million dollar National Social Investment Programmes to address poverty, hunger and unemployment in Nigeria.

The school programme operates in 20 out of Nigeria's 36 states and has fed nearly seven million pupils in about 40,000 public schools, the programme's manager Abimbola Adesanmi told Al Jazeera. She said more than 68,800 jobs have also been created through the initiative.

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https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/nigeria-school-food-scheme-revolutionising-education-180219074804535.html

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Re: Nigeria's School Feeding Prrogramme Featured On Al-jazeera. by modath(f): 10:12am On Nov 02, 2018

[b]Knock-on effect
Adeleke Adewolu is the commissioner of special duties and inter-governmental affairs in Ogun state. He said the meals are not only nutritious but also serve as a "social safety net" for low-income households.

"If children eat nutritious food it will enhance their learning ability and this will have a knock-on effect on their cognitive development and help to encourage enrolment and retention," Adewolu said.

The programme provides income for thousands of people, including farmers, cooks recruited from local communities, and those involved in the processing and transportation of food, he said.

In Ogun, the coordinating team collaborated with the ministries of education, health, agriculture, women's affairs and community development to divide farmers into cooperative groups and link them to about 3,000 cooks who were trained and deployed to more than 1,500 schools. Farmers received training in seed quality and fertilisers to grow enough food to meet demand.

The cooks - who are responsible for procuring ingredients for the daily meals - are given a budget of 70 naira ($0.23) per child each day. With help from the state government, they received 57,000 naira ($188) in loans to purchase water drums, pots, bowls, uniforms, and cooking utensils.

"It gives me great joy to help in feeding the children in Baptist Primary School," said Omole Imoleayo, who left a career in banking to join the programme. "We receive our payment without delays and I have more time for my family now."

Sourcing foods locally helps millions of small farmers who produce up to 90 percent of Nigeria's food but are mired in grinding poverty.

"This has created a well-structured market for the farmers since they now know how much to produce and when it is needed," said Tinuola Shopeju, Ogun's programme manager.

Shopeju said the initiative is a "perfect model" for addressing food insecurity and improving local agricultural production in Nigeria, which imports about $20bn worth of food annually.

The menu differs daily and every state adopts its own meal schedule. In Ogun, schoolchildren get rice, stewed fish, and beans but also delicacies such as Ikokore - a dish made from water yam.
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Re: Nigeria's School Feeding Prrogramme Featured On Al-jazeera. by modath(f): 10:12am On Nov 02, 2018
Deworming
Nigeria's programme also offers health services including deworming children in public primary schools across 17 states. Adesanmi said worms affect the health of schoolchildren, potentially causing anaemia, malnourishment, and the impairment of mental and physical development.

"In the short term, children with worms may be too sick or tired to attend school or to concentrate. Basically, we do not want to feed worms, rather children," she said.

Teachers in Ogun say the programme is not only helping young students stay in school, but also attracting those from private schools. Ogunkola Adefunke Deborah, headteacher of Baptist Nursery and Primary School, said her pupils now "come to classes regularly" and are "very punctual".

"We have over 80 new pupils, most of them came from private schools," she said. "Before you hardly see parents coming here, but now they come to ask us why their kids beg to be brought to school early and why they always return home with their pocket money."

Deborah shared an anecdote of a boy who refused to go home even when he was sick because he didn't want to miss a meal.

Rebecca Faronbi, 72, was devastated when her son died and left her with four grandchildren to take care of. Her three-year-old granddaughter now receives the free meals at school.

"Until the feeding programme started I was struggling to feed the children. My granddaughter wakes me up before 7am and tells me she wants to go to school because she will get free food there," Faronbi said in the Yoruba language, which is widely spoken in southwestern Nigeria.

Rampant malnutrition
Research has shown that 42 percent of schoolchildren in Nigeria suffer malnutrition, and this has caused a high rate of absenteeism.

UNICEF estimates about 2.5 million Nigerian children under the age of five suffer from severe malnutrition each year, with about half a million children dying from it.

With a quality assurance tracking system known as #TrackWithUs, the programme handlers have urged Nigerians to visit nearby schools to check if meals meet the required standards and report any cooks who aren't serving proper food.

Several cooks were fired in southern Cross River state last November for serving biscuits in lieu of meals.

"The campaign has helped us track activities in schools and strengthened our existing monitoring and supervision mechanism," Adesanmi said. "Since there is a reward and sanction system in place we have been able to name and shame cooks who do not comply with our standards."

A major barrier to the programme's success is the inability of state governments to scale up the meals to senior classes in elementary schools. The federal government caters to pupils from Grades 1 to 3, but with many states struggling to pay salaries, pupils in higher grades are not being fed.

Experts hope the government will not repeat the same mistakes made a decade ago when a combination of inadequate funding, poor logistics, and corruption crippled the scheme.


"We need to promote community participation, community ownership, community implementation, community monitoring, strong institutional arrangements and multi-sector partnerships," Adesanmi said...

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Re: Nigeria's School Feeding Prrogramme Featured On Al-jazeera. by Officialpdpnig: 10:17am On Nov 02, 2018
This is laudable. My party is not trying at all. We are senseless as a party in so many ways.

No interest in the average Nigerian poor populace when we had the chance. All we did was to further enrich the rich.

We are doomed as a party because this stance does not look like changing anytime soon

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Re: Nigeria's School Feeding Prrogramme Featured On Al-jazeera. by modath(f): 10:25am On Nov 02, 2018
It's a long read & the article is a couple of months old but the point is that, the social investment programme this government has embarked on is nurturing and progressive...

This and programmes like Trader Moni & N-Power are what the vultures are aiming to block from the system... God and the patriots in the nation will never allow that happen.

PDP & their Atikulooters plan to stop this and replace with fake PMS price reduction.... with Dangote refinery & 2 modulars one in the pipeline (Pun intended), PMS price crash is a matter of "when" not IF...

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Re: Nigeria's School Feeding Prrogramme Featured On Al-jazeera. by TrueLEADER: 10:37am On Nov 02, 2018
They've started the Branding of the Lifeless and Clueless one.

We know the gig!

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Re: Nigeria's School Feeding Prrogramme Featured On Al-jazeera. by shina277: 10:54am On Nov 02, 2018
waiting for the opposition's reactions to this

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Re: Nigeria's School Feeding Prrogramme Featured On Al-jazeera. by rusher14: 12:21pm On Nov 02, 2018
TrueLEADER:
They've started the Branding of the Lifeless and Clueless one.

We know the gig!

It appears you are not happy that our previously unemployed graduates are being given a new lease of life.

30k monthly whilst learning learning a new skill yet at the same time contributing to the growth of the nation.

It appears as if you don't like the petty traders getting interest free facilities to boost their enterprise.

Why are you angry?

You think it is only the likes of Kashamu or Ben Bruce that must receive loans?

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Re: Nigeria's School Feeding Prrogramme Featured On Al-jazeera. by TrueLEADER: 12:39pm On Nov 02, 2018
rusher14:


It appears you are not happy that our previously unemployed graduates are being given a new lease of life.

30k monthly whilst learning learning a new skill yet at the same time contributing to the growth of the nation.

It appears as if you don't like the petty traders getting interest free facilities to boost their enterprise.

Why are you angry?

You think it is only the likes of Kashamu or Ben Bruce that must receive loans?

Who sounds angry between myself and you?

Oga park well make I see Atiku Abeg. grin

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Re: Nigeria's School Feeding Prrogramme Featured On Al-jazeera. by denko(m): 12:52pm On Nov 02, 2018
You are very correct so be it. You and your party are doomed 2019quote author=Officialpdpnig post=72616646]This is laudable. My party is not trying at all. We are senseless as a party in so many ways.

No interest in the average Nigerian poor populace when we had the chance. All we did was to further enrich the rich.

We are doomed as a party because this stance does not look like changing anytime soon[/quote]

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Re: Nigeria's School Feeding Prrogramme Featured On Al-jazeera. by LamidiCownu: 12:55pm On Nov 02, 2018
Officialpdpnig:
This is laudable. My party is not trying at all. We are senseless as a party in so many ways.

No interest in the average Nigerian poor populace when we had the chance. All we did was to further enrich the rich.

We are doomed as a party because this stance does not look like changing anytime soon
Your party is the den of killers. They take lives and destroy destinies.
Poverty Development Party( PDP)

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Re: Nigeria's School Feeding Prrogramme Featured On Al-jazeera. by LamidiCownu: 12:57pm On Nov 02, 2018
TrueLEADER:


Who sounds angry between myself and you?

Oga park well make I see Atiku Abeg. grin
Athiefkulooted..
5 naira per post, corruption worshipping enemy of state

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Re: Nigeria's School Feeding Prrogramme Featured On Al-jazeera. by LamidiCownu: 12:57pm On Nov 02, 2018
PMB TILL 2023

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Re: Nigeria's School Feeding Prrogramme Featured On Al-jazeera. by yeyeboi(m): 1:25pm On Nov 02, 2018
Ok
Re: Nigeria's School Feeding Prrogramme Featured On Al-jazeera. by PassingShot(m): 1:25pm On Nov 02, 2018
And this is the program the OBItuary of a guy called “a joke” just because he’s so richand out of touch with reality. Never again to those who plunged us into poverty.

PMB is the Father of Modern Nigeria.

Argue with AlJazeera

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Re: Nigeria's School Feeding Prrogramme Featured On Al-jazeera. by Mankosi: 1:26pm On Nov 02, 2018
Ok
Re: Nigeria's School Feeding Prrogramme Featured On Al-jazeera. by dynicks(m): 1:26pm On Nov 02, 2018
He shouldn't worry.....atiku will continue from where he stopped
Re: Nigeria's School Feeding Prrogramme Featured On Al-jazeera. by tstx(m): 1:27pm On Nov 02, 2018
The plan was reintroduced by President Muhammadu Buhari in December 2016 as part of his administration's multi-million dollar National Social Investment Programmes to address poverty, hunger and unemployment in Nigeria.

The man claim to be tackling poverty yet 88 Million Nigerians are now Living Extreme Poverty before it was 86 Million.. Who is deceiving whom.

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Re: Nigeria's School Feeding Prrogramme Featured On Al-jazeera. by TRUSTEDGUY: 1:28pm On Nov 02, 2018
Typical Federal govt program lacking purpose and has no meaningful impact on the citizens

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Re: Nigeria's School Feeding Prrogramme Featured On Al-jazeera. by Mankosi: 1:29pm On Nov 02, 2018
LamidiCownu:

I am sorry for cursing atiku. Atiku is actually a good man.
Pls let's vote him come 2019
That's good of u boy. I am happy u are beginning to reason well. Well done.

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Re: Nigeria's School Feeding Prrogramme Featured On Al-jazeera. by ryloy: 1:32pm On Nov 02, 2018
Officialpdpnig:
This is laudable. My party is not trying at all. We are senseless as a party in so many ways.

No interest in the average Nigerian poor populace when we had the chance. All we did was to further enrich the rich.

We are doomed as a party because this stance does not look like changing anytime soon

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Re: Nigeria's School Feeding Prrogramme Featured On Al-jazeera. by alhassanyusuf29(m): 1:32pm On Nov 02, 2018
insha Allah
LamidiCownu:
PMB TILL 2023

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Re: Nigeria's School Feeding Prrogramme Featured On Al-jazeera. by CapussoSeba: 1:32pm On Nov 02, 2018
smiley
Re: Nigeria's School Feeding Prrogramme Featured On Al-jazeera. by buchilino(m): 1:32pm On Nov 02, 2018
rusher14:


It appears you are not happy that our previously unemployed graduates are being given a new lease of life.

30k monthly whilst learning learning a new skill yet at the same time contributing to the growth of the nation.

It appears as if you don't like the petty traders getting interest free facilities to boost their enterprise.

Why are you angry?

You think it is only the likes of Kashamu or Ben Bruce that must receive loans?

GUY SERIOUSLY, DEY PAY U 30K N UR HAPPY?. MEANWHILE ONE OF THE PRESIDENTS CHILDREN DRIVES A 50 MILL BIKE WHILE THE SISTER WHO IS A BOARD MEMBER OF NNPC COLLECTS 6MILLION AS ANNUAL PAY(I DIDN'T INCLUDE OTHER ALLOWANCES OOO). N UR HERE SINGING DER PRAISES COS 30K. GUY SERIOUSLY THINK.

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Re: Nigeria's School Feeding Prrogramme Featured On Al-jazeera. by Olukat(m): 1:33pm On Nov 02, 2018
modath:

It's a long read & the article is a couple of months old but the point is that, the social investment programme this government has embarked on is nurturing and progressive...

This and programmes like Trader Moni & N-Power are what the vultures are aiming to block from the system... God and the patriots in the nation will never allow that happen.

PDP & their Atikulooters plan to stop this and replace with fake PMS price reduction.... with Dangote refinery & 2 modulars one in the pipeline (Pun intended), PMS price crash is a matter of "when" not IF...



angry Can we discuss issues without insulting each other?
The program is a good one but It's poorly implemented and grossly politicized shocked
If the school feeding program is targeted at the next election then it has failed completely.
Investment in education in every serious nation is targeted at reducing poverty, advancing science and technology
improving on quality of lives etc.
We play politics with everything in Nigeria that why this program seems to be a tool for election!

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Re: Nigeria's School Feeding Prrogramme Featured On Al-jazeera. by TruthHurts1(m): 1:33pm On Nov 02, 2018
grin grin grin
Re: Nigeria's School Feeding Prrogramme Featured On Al-jazeera. by speedyGonzales: 1:33pm On Nov 02, 2018
Paid article, Lie Mohammad said it already... ReBranding Buhari's failure with foreign media...
Re: Nigeria's School Feeding Prrogramme Featured On Al-jazeera. by sureheaven(m): 1:34pm On Nov 02, 2018
This is laudable. My party is not trying at all. We are senseless as a party in so many ways.

No interest in the average Nigerian poor populace when we had the chance. All we did was to further enrich the rich.

We are doomed as a party because this stance does not look like changing anytime soon.


The notorious founding and funding fathers of PDP are rogues, bandits, thieves, arm robbers, looters and destroyers.
The foundation of bad things we are facing in Nigeria today were laid by PDP.
Talk of broad day rigging, stealing is not corruption, unemployment, nonpayment of workers salaries, weak judicial system, forging of certificates and lots more.

The school feeding is the best thing to have happen to our democracy.
Kudos to president Buhari and APC on this.

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Re: Nigeria's School Feeding Prrogramme Featured On Al-jazeera. by AceRoyal: 1:34pm On Nov 02, 2018
[b]I think AL Jazeera is on Nigerian Governments payroll.
From the interview of Liar Mohammed two weeks ago to other Pro government stories about Nigeria recently.

Even the government admitted that they're trying to launder their battered international image through various international information agencies.

Election is around the corner so things like this is very much expected, it doesn't take away the fact that the school feeding program is a massive fraud and doesn't make sense economically on the long run.

The government should focus more on reducing the cost and standard of living, adequately fund the educational sector of the country and also increase minimum wage. Feeding of children by their parents and guardians will not be a big deal.
We like to copy things but we forget that before you build a very tall house, you must have a very deep and solid foundation.
Nigeria does not have the deep and solid economic, financial and social foundation to sustain all these social intervention programs. Soon government will SELL ASSETS TO FUND LIABILITIES SUCH AS THESE PROGRAMS FOR CHEAP POLITICAL PROPAGANDA, DESTROYING OUR COLLECTIVE FUTURE THE MORE AS A NATION!

I LOVE MY COUNTRY BUT I'M ASHAMED OF OUR LEADERS! [/b]
Re: Nigeria's School Feeding Prrogramme Featured On Al-jazeera. by Abbeyme: 1:35pm On Nov 02, 2018
Good one

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