‘School feeding programme increases students’ enrolment rate’

Speakers in a function here on Wednesday said the school feeding programme (SFP) is playing significant role to increase the enrolment rate of the students at schools and ensure quality education in project command areas.
Not only that the SFP has also been able to reduce dropout rate and improve the learning capacity of students by alleviating short term hunger side by side with contributing to the removal of micronutrient deficiency of poor and ultra poor children, they said.
They came up with the comments while addressing a stakeholders’ workshop on school feeding programme at the conference room of SKS Inn at Radhakrishnapur on the outskirt of the district town on Wednesday.
RDRS Bangladesh arranged the workshop with the financial support of United Nations’ World Food Programme (WFP) and the Department of Agriculture of the United States, said Programme Manager of RDRS Bangladesh Porsia Rahman.
Deputy Commissioner (DC) Gautam Chandra Pal addressed the workshop as chief guest while Assistant Project Director of the Department of Primary Education Shamima Sultana, District Primary Education Officer Aminul Islam Mondal, and Superintendent of Primary Training Institute Shamsea Akhter were present at the event as special guests.
The workshop was also addressed, among others, by head of WFP, Rangpur Sub-office Hafiza Khan, Programme Associate Shahin Sultana, Chairperson of school managing committee Abdul Mannan Mondal, Head Teacher Jahurul Islam, SKS representative Ashraful Alam, and journalist Sarker M. Shahiduzzaman.
Earlier, Project Coordinator M. Enayetullah administered a powerpoint presentation on the programme and said RDRS Bangladesh is implementing the SFP at Sundarganj, Shaghata and Gobindaganj upazilas from 2006 and Fulchhari and Sadar upazilas from 2012.
Each of a total of 1,72,373 students including 88,885 female ones of 1,273 schools of the upazilas are getting 75 grams of high energetic biscuits at first period of school time except the holidays, he also said.
DC Gautam Chandra Pal in his speeches said the project contributed to the implementation of the government’s education policy, notably by improving access to basic education of the poor and ultra poor children.
The DC also assured all to continue his all sorts of administrative help and assistance to the concerned to run the project in the upazilas of the district properly and successfully.
Around 50 education officials, SMC members, head teachers, and NGO representatives including journalists took part in the workshop.