Machakos based Businessman Barcleih Mutinda Kilei has asked the government to reintroduce school feeding program to cushion school going children from the ongoing food shortage.
Speaking in Mwala on Monday, Kilei said that the food will encourage kids to go school stating that the drought may affect performance in schools this year.
“I would like to urge the government to reintroduce school feeding program in primary schools. A lot of kids are finding it hard to go to school on an empty stomach.”
He added that for every day that the school feeding program continues in Kenya, there is evidence that the approach is helping the Government meet its goal of Universal Primary Education.
“This is particularly in the disadvantaged arid and semi arid regions of the country,” he noted.
Kilei who is also the chairman for Machakos contractors said that food provided in the school environment is extremely important to both students and teachers.
A similar call was made by Yatta deputy County commissioner Hellen Yawa. Yawa said that the areas is semi arid and alot of homes are feeling the pangs of hunger due to the drought.
She observed that crops planted in the last season have failed thus making it very hard for many people to put food on the table.
“The government should distribute relief food to locals in Yatta, the ongoing drought made it hard for crops to grow. Many families are now surviving on one meal per day and it may get worse.” she said.
The World food program (WFP) and the Ministry of Education have from 1980 been implementing school feeding program targeting arid and semi arid areas and informal settlements.
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