Speakers at a program have underscored the need of continuing the food for education program, which has been providing mid-day meal to the school children from poor families.
The program is launched with the financial assistance of World Food Program, and Education Ministry.
During a stakeholders’ sharing meeting of the program organized Friday, Joint Secretary at the Ministry Baikuntha Aryal said the program begun by keeping in center the students from poor and backward communities was found effective, so it would be continued in a more systematic way.
Deputy Director of the program Bishnu Bhandari said the program has helped boost quality education and made students and parents aware of health.
Chief of Education Section at WFP Mamata Gurung shared that efforts were on to prepare a long term strategy to make the program more systematic and result-oriented.
The program is being run in Doti, Achham, Bajura, Dadeldhura, Bajhang, Baitadi, Darchula, Dailekh, Jajarkot and Rukum districts.
Under the program, the students get the mid-day meal with nutritious contents. It has helped increase school enrollment, and reduce malnutrition and drop out.