International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research and Development

International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research and Development


International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research and Development
International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research and Development
Vol. 4, Issue 7 (2017)

A critical evaluation of the school feeding programme in rural schools: a case of st pauls secondary school kapiri mposh, Zambia


Dr. William Phiri, Agness Chisala

According to the World Bank statistics, it is estimated that more than 60 million children go to school hungry every day and about 40% of them are in Africa. Hunger and poverty do not only affect the children’s developmental and health growth but it also impacts negatively on the quality of learning achievement coupled with poor school attendance. Although several interventional measures have over the years been put in place to mitigate the impact of hunger on the learning achievement and school attendance, the scourge has however continued. The school through its management in collaboration with pupils, parents, local authorities and the community realised that the School Feeding Programme (SFP) is one of the effective social safety net and helps boost school attendance, cognition and educational achievement. Research findings both from the Least Developed Countries (LDC) and the Developed Countries (DC) have shown that targeted school feeding reaches the most vulnerable children, especially girls, helping to reduce their hunger and keep them in school.
The study was therefore, conducted to evaluate the effectiveness, efficiency, relevance, impact and sustainability of the school feeding programme. The findings revealed that the programme was effective, efficient and sustainable because it was inclusive in nature. That is it involved the pupils themselves, parents, local authorities and the surrounding communities. In light of the findings of the evaluation study, the following recommendations among others were advance: 1.The school should explore further avenues to promote the active involvement of parents, communities and local authorities in the development and implementation of school feeding programme. 2. The school and other stake holders should advocate for the government to put in place a regulatory framework in order to govern the design, development and implementation of the SFP. 3. The school through PTA should apply a multi-disciplinary and multi-stakeholder holistic approach to support effective school feeding programmes and policies at national and local level. The school should further enhance its agricultural activities and school garden as an integral part of the school feeding programme.
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How to cite this article:
Dr. William Phiri, Agness Chisala. A critical evaluation of the school feeding programme in rural schools: a case of st pauls secondary school kapiri mposh, Zambia. International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research and Development, Volume 4, Issue 7, 2017, Pages 209-215
International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research and Development