Nigerian school feeding programme feeds 8.5 million school children daily
By Mohammad Ibrahim
Special Adviser to President on Social Investments, Maryam Uwais on Monday said Federal Government is feeding 8.5 million children each school day under its school feeding programme across the country. According to her, the school feeding aimed at reducing the pressure on families to provide food for their children. She stated this during a high level interactive Social Policy Workshop on strengthening capacity to ensure sustainability for Child targeted programmes in Northern Nigeria in Kano. UNICEF Nigeria in collaboration with the Ministry of Budget and National Planning, organised the Workshop for 19 Northern states commissioners of Planning and Women Affairs. The workshop was organised under the UNICEF New Country Programme (2018-2022), which was designed to expand the scope of interventions in social policy activities in northern. She also added that the programme will equally improves learning outcomes and improves the health of the children. “Enrolment of Children in primary schools has drastically improved. Many of our poorest citizens do not prioritise education, often due to lack of appreciation of how education can enhance the fortunes of a child,”She said. The adviser also spoke on the engagement of over 136,000 teaching Assistants under the Federal Government's N-power programme across the country. According to her, the N-Power improved the quality education being received by the children in the country. “Our potential as a nation cannot be fully realised when over 40 per cent of our population are deprived of their capacity to achieve their full potential. “Where we do not deliberately plan to educate and empower our girl-child, we lose the economic potential of the value she could have contributed to herself, the household and the community, not to talk of the impact of her knowledge on her children and generations," She, urged participants to find out why the northern part of the country was lagging behind on many of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) especially on health and survival of Children. Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II in his remarks also urged State Governments to do everything possible to ensure effective implementation of policies that will check child and maternal mortality. The emir expressed the emirate Council readiness to support all government’s policies and programmes aimed at promoting girl-child education in the states and country.
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