"2,980,000 Pupils In 8,683 Public Basic Schools Are Benefiting From One Hot Meal" - Gender Minister

The Minister for Gender and Social Protection, Cynthia Mamle Morrison has confirmed that about 2,980,000 pupils in 8,683 public basic schools are benefiting from Government's one hot and nutritious meal directive.

According to her, the programme have been able to build a capacity of 9,178 caterers and cooks in 11 regions in innovative nutrition training to improve the quality of meals served to the pupils.

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Addressing Journalists in Accra, the Minister said "The Ghana School Feeding Programme is currently providing 2,980,000 pupils in 8,683 public basic schools with one hot and nutritious meal for every school going day"

Speaking on achievements, she hinted that training on meal planner softer has been undertaken for desk and nutrition officers in 11 regions.

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The Minister added the Ghana School Feeding Programme has reviewed a National and District Operational manual with key stakeholders within the middle and southern belt of Ghana to enable the programme deliver on its services effectively and efficiently.

Touching on the Ghana National Household Registry (GNHR) and Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty (LEAP), the Gender Minister said "It collect data on the vulnerable in Ghana and become the centre of targeting for social interventions programmes including the Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty (LEAP), LIPW, NHIS among others"

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She explained that the data will be used for planning by the MMDAs, Academia, NGOs/CSOs and other agencies in social development.

"Currently, there is a comprehensive data for the Upper West and Upper East Regions" she noted.

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The Minister explained that Upper West and East Regions has data on socio-economic status of 137,565 and 184,125 households respectively whiles Northern, North East and Savannah has 140,000.

On the Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty (LEAP), Hon. Morrison noted that five (5) cycles of LEAP cash grants have been paid to 334,084 households to help smoothen their daily consumption.

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"A total of 1,451,656 extremely poor beneficiaries are on the LEAP register" she added.

Story by: Joshua Kwabena Smith