The Headmistress of the Nenngbema Bo District Education Committee Primary School (NBDECPS), Juliana M. Sam has made an open appeal for the school-feeding program to be implemented in her school.
She told Awoko that rate of children going and staying in her school throughout school hours is falling on a regular basis and she has attributed this phenomenon to “hunger of those children while in school.”
She explained that most of the pupils attending her school “are from surrounding villages where education is not of much importance as putting food on the table. “Most of the boys for example, come to school in the morning but leave before or during break to join their parents on the farms where they are sure of having food,” Madam Juliana Sam said, while admitting that nearly all of them go to school in the morning on empty stomachs.
She said the children can be encouraged to stay in school and be interested very much in schooling if an incentive such as the school-feeding program is implemented in her school. According to the Headmistress, before 2003 when the school-feeding program was stopped in the school, the situation was not like it is today. “Because we had a school-feeding program, the children stayed and we had increase in the school’s enrolment,” Madam Sam explained.
She concluded that the school-feeding program will motivate encourage children in school to stay, that it will motivate more children to have interest in attending school and that the program will build the learning ability of the children since they will be fed and in that regard be energetic to learn.
By Bawoh Jenkins
Friday June 13, 2014