GAIBANDHA, April 17 (BSS) - A total of 1,54,269 students of 748 government, registered, community and NGO run primary schools of three upazilas in the district have been brought under School Feeding Programme.
The long term objective of the project is to contribute to the implementation of the GOB's education policy of universal primary education, notably by improving access to basic education of children from poor and ultra poor households.
Contribution to increase enrolment, improve attendance rate, reduce drop out rate, improving the learning capacity of students by alleviating short term hunger and contribution to the alleviation of nutritional deficiency are also the objectives of the project.
The programme had been continuing in Saghata, Sundarganj and Gobindaganj Upazilas of the district since 2006 while Directorate of Primary Education in partnership with RDRS Bangladesh was implementing it in the upazilas with the financial support of United Nations' World Food Programme (WFP).
Of the total, 38,283 students of 198 schools were brought under the programme from Saghata Upazila, 60,553 students of 291 schools from Sundarganj Upazila and 55,432 students of 259 schools from Gobindaganj Upazila of the district.
Each of the students is getting 75 gram of high energetic biscuits at first period of school time except the holidays, said project manager of RDRS Bangladesh Kabir Alam.
The programme has created positive impact to the students and their guardians as the enrolment and attendance rate has increased significantly and the drop out rate also decreased to
a great extent, he also said.
Talking to the BSS district primary education officer Dilruba Begum said awareness activities on systematic de-worming, primary healthcare and sanitation and motivating teachers and students for school vegetables gardening are also going on under the programme.
An effort to increase the female members in school managing committee for WFP's enhanced commitments to women is also being implemented under this programme, she also said.