In cooperation with WFP, Education Ministry announces funding for school meals program

In cooperation with WFP, Education Ministry announces funding for school meals program

October 07, 2021 - 10:52
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Written By: SafaAlharathy

The government has unveiled plans to start a school feeding program in cooperation with the World Food Program (WFP).

Minister of Education Musa Al-Maqrif made the statement at a joint press conference with the representative and country director of the World Food Program in Libya Rawad Halabi on Wednesday.

The Education Ministry will determine the nutritional needs according to geographical and cultural factors. It will also work to allocate a budget for the program, train national elements, and develop a general policy for school feeding.

"The program's goal is to ensure that students have the minimum nutritional level they need during their school day due to its positive impact on the educational process,"  Al-Maqrif explains.

He urged all internal and external partners to support the feeding program and confirmed his ministry's commitment to bring this project into being.

For her part, the representative and country director of the World Food Program in Libya, Rawad Halabi, noted that Libya was one of the first countries to adopt the school feeding projects, indicating that the program will benefit around 2.4 million students across the country.

On Monday, the Ministry of Education, in partnership with the WFP, organized the National School Feeding Workshop in the presence of Minister Al-Maqrif, WFP director in Libya Rod Al-Halabi, and the UN Resident Representative and Humanitarian Coordinator Georgette Gagnon.