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Pupils to enjoy free cocoa drink as breakfast from Sept 2019

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Government says pupils under the school Feeding P

rogramme are going to be served cocoa drink as breakfast starting next academic year.
The Acting National coordinator of the Ghana school Feeding Programme (GSFP),

Gertrude Quashigah says an officer announcement of the new component of the programme, will be made by President Akufo-Addo in August.

According to her, the cocoa drink are going to be given as breakfast to the kids before their daily hot nutritious meal is served to them by mid-morning.

Speaking at the ongoing regional capacity building training workshop organised for caterers, cooks and district nutrition officers under the GSFP at wa within the upper West Region,

Mrs Quashigah noted that the introduction of cocoa drink would aid improve the health of the kids.

She indicated that there were other several innovations her outfit was introducing to boost on the GSFP particularly, the standard of the meal served to the children.

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Her outfit is additionally operating laborious to boost the welfare of the caterers as well as the way to expand and sustain the programme to profit more Ghanaian kids, she said.

The Ghana school Feeding Programme was set up to extend school enrolment, attendance, and retention; reduce short term hunger and malnutrition as well as boost domestic food production.

The training, dubbed: “Innovative Nutrition Initiative”, is on the theme: “Improving school Meals through capacity Building” can equip the caterers and their head cooks to measure up to the desired quality standards of preparing a nutritious meal for the pupils.

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A total of 2,070 caterers and head cooks are benefiting from the training programme within the region.

The Ghana school Feeding Programme with funding from the world Food Programme (WFP) and technical support from the Partnership for child Development (PCD) is to train a total of 5,711 caterers and head cooks within the Northern, North East, Savannah, upper East and upper West Regions to sharpen their cooking skills.

The training programme is in 2 phases -training of District Nutrition Officers on the utilization of a software known as school Meal Planner (SMP) to generate local menus with quantities to be used by the caterers and practical cooking training for all school feeding caterers and head cooks in every region.

There would be cooking sessions for the caterers and head cooks on the utilization of local ingredients to get healthy and nutritionally balanced meals for school pupils that meet the daily intake of 30 minutes for energy.

The caterers and the head cooks will also undergo food hygiene and storage, cooking and serving under hygienic condition, records keeping and use of handy measures.
All the caterers and head cooks who are collaborating in the training programme would be awarded certificates of participation.

Managing efficient, effective homegrown ingredients,the Acting National coordinator indicated that the most goal of the workshop is to

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coach the participants on the utilization of the meal planner code to get district based mostly menus.

Secondly, to deepen the involvement and participation of the Regional coordinating Councils (RCCs), Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) in managing an efficient and effective homegrown school feeding programme, she explained.

“The goal of this workshop is additionally to deepen the involvement and participation of the Regional coordinating Councils, MMDAs, and therefore the Ghana school Feeding Programme National Secretariat in managing an efficient and effective homegrown school feeding programme,” Mrs Quashigah told the participants.

She appealed to the various RCCs and MMDAs to supply the necessary support to the Programme throughout the training programme to ensure its success.

She was optimistic that the training would inspire the most effective cooking performance from the caterers for the enjoyment and health advantage of the pupils under the Programme.

The next part of the training programme, according to Mrs Quashigah would cover the rest of the country.

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