Mrs. Gertrude Quashigah, the National Coordinator of the Ghana School Feeding Programme (GSFP), Government says pupils under the School Feeding Programme will be served cocoa drink as breakfast October’s this year.
The Acting National Coordinator of the Ghana School Feeding Programme (GSFP), said, the government would introduce the cocoa drink to all the beneficiary pupils under the GSFP programme.
She noted that President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo initiatives of cocoa drink would launch in October this year.
According to her, the cocoa drink will be given as breakfast to the children before their daily nutritious meal is served to them.
According to her, the cocoa drink will be given as breakfast to the children before their daily hot nutritious meal is served to them by mid-morning.
She was speaking at the National Dissemination of Cost Benefits Analysis on Ghana School Feeding Programm held at Cape Coast on Monday.
The program was organised by the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection and founded by World Food Programme(WFP) and the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund ( UNICEF)
She indicated that there were other several innovations her outfit was introducing to improve on the GSFP especially, the quality of the meal served to the kids.
Her outfit is also working hard to improve the welfare of the caterers as well as how to expand and sustain the programme to benefit more Ghanaian children, she said.
The Ghana School Feeding Programme was set up to increase school enrolment, attendance, and retention; reduce short term hunger and malnutrition as well as boost domestic food production.
The training, dubbed: “Innovative Nutrition Initiative”, is on the theme: “Improving School Meals through Capacity Building” will equip the caterers and their head cooks to measure up to the required quality standards of preparing a nutritious meal for the pupils.
She said the cocoa drink would help improve the health of the children.
She said there were several other innovations her outfit was introducing to improve on the programme, especially the quality of meals served to the kids, the welfare of the caterers and how to expand and sustain the programme to benefit more Ghanaian children.
The National Coordinator said the main goal of the training workshop was also to train the participants on the use of the meal planner software to generate district-based menus, and secondly, to deepen the involvement and participation of the Regional Coordinating Councils, Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) in managing an efficient and effective homegrown school feeding programme.
The training programme is being funded by the World Food Programme with technical support from the Partnership for Child Development.
The Ghana School Feeding Programme was set up to increase school enrolment, attendance, and retention; reduce short term hunger and malnutrition, and boost domestic food production.