The British Government plans to review the present school food standard in the schools and introduce universal free meals from September 2014.
To this end , Egg heads , Educationists. Food technologists and Nutritionists are brain storming in London on the implementation of the scheme .
Among the topics for discussion are :
1) Improving school food standard
2) Children’s Nutrition & Public Health Priority
3) Implementing Universal Free School Meals
4) Food Education and the challenges of introducing cooking into the school curriculum
The State Government of Osun, has been invited to share the School Feeding Experience and it’s impact on the pupils and the State with participants at the Seminar will examine issues around:
-What the British Government will be doing to ensure all schools have access to the facilities, equipment and expertise needed to implement the scheme .
-The potentials for expanding the school feeding system to include more pupils, the challenges and opportunities for expanding the scheme and making it universal.
-What lessons can be learnt from schools already involved in free school meals pilot schemes and what best practice has been established on issues such as access to funding .
-With food poverty labelled as a “public health emergency ” ,what should Government and Local Authorities be doing to ensure that children have access to nutritional food outside of the times that they are eligible for free school meals.
-How can Government integrate food education in the school curriculum , so that all children will have the opportunity to participate in cooking lessons and the positive impact of the lessons on the pupils and their parents will be critically examined.
Mrs Grace Titi Laoye-Tomori , the Deputy Governor and Hon Commissioner for Education and Alhaja Latifat Giwa , Senior Special Assistant on Education are representing the State Government of Osun at this strategic and impacting Seminar starting today, Monday , 2nd June, in London.
More details on the outcome to come soon…