By Joseph S. Ansumanah
In complementing the efforts of President Julius Maada Bio in the education sector, the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security on 22nd August 2019 handed over 30,000 bags of 50kg rice to the National School Feeding Secretariat in the Ministry of Basic and Senior School Education (MBSSE). The handing over ceremony took place in the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry Conference Hall.
Handing over the rice, the Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Food Security, Samking K. Braima, said the ministry is just supporting President Julius Maada Bio’s efforts towards providing nutritious food for kids in schools across the country.
He informed that the rice was provided to the Ministry of Agriculture by the Peoples Republic of China to support farmers in the country. “We are transferring 30,000 bags of 50kg rice meant for farmers to the Ministry of Basic Education because we see how essential food is to school kids.”
He said the reason for the partnership is to help motivate the kids to stay in school and to also contribute towards a more productive learning environment for children by avoiding hunger and enhancing cognitive abilities.
He underlined that school meals provide critical social support, encourage regular attendance at school, contribute to children’s nutritional status and improve school performance.
In her response, the Deputy Minister of Basic and Senior School Education, Emily K. Gogra, expressed profound thanks and appreciation to the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry for boosting the National School Feeding Programme and also extended her gratitude to the People’s Republic of China for providing the rice.
She noted that the donation will have a great impact as school feeding is an essential part of the free quality education. She maintained that school feeding helps children to stay in school, adding that without food the children cannot think properly and when nutritious food is given to them it helps develop their mental capacity, and also encourages them to concentrate in class.
She disclosed that they have identified boarding home schools who are in dire need of rice and also schools of especial needs, saying they will be targeting these schools as well.