School dinners encourage children living in poor communities to go to school and learn to read and write.
The lack of food in places such as East Africa, though has meant children have gone without education.
Ngaresero primary school has been receiving food from the World Food Programme, but, 70 per cent of the children live far from school, and their parents are poor pastoralists who don’t cultivate land, so they lack food. The distance and the lack of food has meant that school attendance has droppped massively.
In the words of one pupil; "The World Food Programme used to give us food. Since January the food wasn’t brought and attendance dropped from 90 to 60 per cent (it is now April). We don’t know why it stopped but they brought food again the other day. As soon as there was, food attendance went up again. But we don’t know if it will continue or not. Children have been very weak, some have even fainted and we’ve had an increase in other problems like diarrhoea and malaria."
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