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Government Feeding Programme Launched in UE

2006-08-11 19:18:13
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Bonface Gambila
Broad smiles that lightened up the faces of pupils of beneficiary schools of the Ghana School Feeding Programme (GSFP) at the official launch of the Programme in some selected primary schools in the Upper East Region.

Launching the Programme, the Upper East Regional Minister, Mr. Boniface Gambilla, noted that the Free Compulsory Universal Basic Education (FCUBE) policy had been in existence for over 10 years, but had not been implemented until the NPP government assumed power.

He said the Programme was in fulfillment of the government's promise to give education priority and that school children at the primary level would be provided one meal a day.

The Regional Monitoring Officer, Mr. Solomon Latif, implored Parents/Teachers Associations, school management committees, chiefs, opinion leaders and all concerned agencies to show commitment and keen interest in the Programme by way of monitoring so that it would achieve the desired goals.

Congratulating the programme's staff, the regional monitoring officer warned that laziness, truancy, unhygienic practices as well as pilfering would not be tolerated.

He advised pupils to be disciplined, obedient and punctual to ensure that government's aim was achieved, and he encouraged parents to enroll their wards in school for the benefit of the country.

Among some of the selected schools where the official launchings took place were the Garu Presbyterian Primary, Suweidiya Primary and Zuarungu Moshie Primary Schools in the Garu-Tempane District, in the Bawku and Bolgatanga Municipalities.

The Garu-Tempane District Chief Executive, Mr. Emmanuel Sin-Nyet Asigri, observed that producing a well-educated citizenry was an essential tool for developing a nation, indicating, "That is one of the machinery the government is using to achieve its human resource development agenda as stipulated in the NPP's Positive Change - Chapter II."

He stated that the Capitation Grant had not come to make parents shirk their responsibilities toward the upkeep of their children, and much the same way, the GSFP was in to assist parents to properly fend for their wards in school.

Sharing his experience in classroom as a teacher, the Garu-Tempane District Director of Education, Mr. Eugene Zongo Naa, who chaired the function, noted that hungry pupils could barely pay attention in class, indicating that the GSFP would go a long way to enhance teaching and learning in the beneficiary schools.

At Bawku, the Bawku Municipal Chief Executive, Mr. Abdul Rahman Gumah, said the NEPAD Feeding Programme, which was an aspect of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), was to eradicate poverty and hunger and the strategy was to tackle hunger through feeding with the locally-cultivated foods from the local market. This, he said, should motivate the local farmers to produce more to accommodate both the increasing demand of the local and foreign markets.

On his part, the Bolgatanga Municipal Chief Executive, Mr. Isaac Nsoh Amoah, noted that with the inception of Capitation Grant coupled with the GSFP, parents would have no cause to complain of school fees and hunger to warrant their justification for sending their children to farm instead of school.


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