Following the outstanding success of the Osun State Government’s school feeding programme, “O Meals”, Osun State Governor, H.E Rauf Aregbesola has been invited to address the United Kingdom’s House of Commons on the impact of the programme on child health and education.
The Osun State Government, through its “O’Meals” elementary school feeding programme provides free nourishing mid-day meals for pupils in Grade 1 to 4 throughout the state – an action that has resulted in an increase in pupil enrolment in the state. H.E. Aregbesola is expected to provide an overview of the impact of the school feeding programme on pupil enrolment, retention of pupils in schools and how small scale farmer livelihoods have been increased and improved through the programme.
The meeting, organised by the Partnership for Child Development, Imperial College London and the All-Party Parliamentary Group and Agriculture and Food for Development will focus on the evolution of Home Grown School Feeding.
Other speakers expected at the gathering include Prof. Donald Bundy, Lead Health and Education Specialist, the World Bank, Ms. Boitshepo Bibi Giyose – Senior Food & Nutrition Security Advisor, New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), African Union and Professor Josephine Kiamba – HGSF Senior Technical Adviser (Southern Africa), Partnership for Child Development, Imperial College London
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