Because of the nutrients available in WFP food through fortification, children change from having the look of the "old man's face," which is the sign of malnutrition, to round-faced, plump-looking children.
What plans are there for making school meals available for all children?
The government of Lesotho is gradually taking over the feeding program and it is expected that by 2011 all the children in primary schools will be assisted by a government feeding scheme. The government is currently providing food in the lowlands and foothills, while schools in the highland areas are being covered by WFP. WFP will continue to assist schools in the highlands until 2010. For the 2008 school year, the food requirements are likely to be met successfully. There has not been any problem with food shortages in the first three quarters of the school year.
What would be the sources of funding for any expansion of the school feeding program?
For any expansion to be successful, the involvement of multinational corporations and private and individual donors would be crucial.
What has been the effect of rising food prices in this funding effort?
The budget had to be revised, reflecting the need for more resources than originally planned and more funding sources.
How can someone help the school feeding program?
Psychosocial support is important. Also, there is a need for complementary activities, such as school gardens, as well as improvement and construction of sanitation facilities. In the recent survey it was found that less than half of the schools have improved sanitation facilities, and very few schools have access to safe and clean water. Collaboration with non-governmental organizations and other stakeholders could be of vital importance towards complementing meal components of the school feeding program.
Is there anything else you'd like to add about why you think school feeding is important for people to support?
Education empowers children's mental and intellectual capacity and capability to understand and initiate technical and general methods related to social, economical and political developments. Hence, the more children have access to education, the more the country develops in the long run. School feeding programs are playing a vital role in ensuring that children get an education.