The Rwandan ministry of education, during the African Day of School Feeding has emphasized the government’s commitment to the program, revealing that it has increased the budget from FRW 35 billion in 2021/2022 to FRW 78.26 billion in 2022/2023.

The program is aimed at supporting parents in providing nutritious meals for their children, even though the ministry says some are not fulfilling their responsibilities.

The African Day of School is an annual event led by the African Union that seeks to renew and scale up commitment of African countries to deliver home-grown school feeding programs, advance human capital development, and achieve the sustainable development goals.

The African Union heads of state recognised the significant value of school feeding linked to local agriculture and created a specific school feeding model in January 2016 to promote school feeding programes as a strategy to achieve the sustainable development goals.

Speaking at the event, the director general of education policy and analysis at the ministry, Rose Baguma stated that government provides 90 percent of the funding for the school feeding program, while the role of parents is only 10 per cent for per-primary and primary levels while for secondary students, the government provides 15.7 per cent and parents contribute 84.7 per cent.


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