November 30, 2023

On Worldwide Working day of Instruction, WFP and the Iraqi Ministry of Training start expansion of faculty foods [EN/AR] – Iraq

BAGHDAD – The United Nations Entire world Food stuff Programme (WFP) and the Iraqi Ministry of Education and learning nowadays kicked off the expansion of the countrywide School Feeding Programme on the Global Day of Instruction.

This programme is thoroughly funded by the Govt of Iraq and displays the potent commitment of the governing administration to supporting the schooling of Iraqi kids.

This marks a new stage of the programme wherever the Ministry of Instruction commences to instantly get about the implementation of the programme and provision of the university meals. Actual physical classroom studying had resumed in Iraq for the existing educational year following a extended period of time of distance mastering due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
This calendar year, for the first time the Ministry of Instruction will be utilizing the programme straight, supporting almost 113,000 faculty young children in Al-Sadr City in Baghdad, in addition to virtually 21,000 little ones in Thi-Qar and about 50,000 youngsters in Basra. In addition to nourishment, wellness and cleanliness instruction, WFP will give complex advisory support and also enable with procurement and logistics, drawing on its many years of knowledge in delivering school feeding programmes.

Through ongoing collaboration with the Ministry of Training and Ministry of Health and fitness, WFP strengthened capacities to carry out the programme in 13 governorates and deliver school meals to 449,000 learners this yr. This comes following an arrangement in 2021 to broaden faculty feeding pursuits to consist of 3.6 million Iraqi faculty little ones by the 2024/2025 tutorial yr. “WFP’s ongoing collaboration with the Govt of Iraq on providing school feeding is just one of the most important pillars of our get the job done,” claims Ally Raza Qureshi, WFP Consultant in Iraq. “The commitment of the Ministry of Schooling to produce a effective faculty feeding programme, created on yrs of doing work alongside one another, is testament to the value of ongoing education and reaching improved prospective buyers for the youthful little ones of Iraq in the foreseeable future. It is also laying sturdy foundations for the government to provide social protection programmes all through the distinct phases of people’s life.” The School Feeding Programme aims to contribute to better discovering outcomes as a result of the provision of nutritional foods in college and to lead towards children’s attendance and college completion. The programme was suspended in the earlier tutorial yr thanks to COVID-19 and is now currently being resumed.

The value of faculty feeding programmes goes over and above the immediate consequences of supplying youthful young children with healthful and wholesome foods and supporting their ongoing education and keeping at faculty.

These programmes also assist mobilizing and strengthening area economies as the college meal items will be sourced from regional enterprises and outlets. The provision of school foods also aims to encourage gender equality as equally boys and ladies are inspired to attend and finish college.

Via supporting the Iraqi authorities to independently supply the College Feeding Programme, WFP is reaching additional in conditions of building secure and reliable mechanisms for supporting social security and basic safety nets in the nation.

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For a lot more information and facts, make sure you get hold of:
Sharon Rapose, WFP Erbil, +964 780 915 0962, [email protected]
Saif al-Tatooz, WFP Baghdad, +964 780 915 6198, [email protected]