Provide free meals to over 150 students from poor-house-holds, poverty-stricken, and food-deficit deprived communities in Buboo and Mwankuri Goziiri, Jirapa Municipality, Upper West Region of Ghana for an academic year. The aim is to encourage and boost school enrollment and attendance, improve literacy and learning, keep the students motivated, increase the students participation in school programs and potential development, educational attainment, social and cognitive ability of the children.
According to the Ghana Statistical Service, 48% of population of children between the ages of 3 and 11 years in the Jirapa District, Upper West Region of Ghana are not attending schools. With the high rate of illiteracy and education, the potential development, educational attainment, social and cognitive ability of the children and the livelihood of the children and their parents in the communities are bleak.
Research done by Frontiers in Public Health have shown how early School intervention Feeding programs have had a positive impact on school enrollment. The School feeding programs intervention have found to have statistically significant increases in enrollment, with effect size of about 10%. By providing frees meals to students in Buboo and Mwankuri districts, we want to encourage and boost school enrollment and attendance, improve literacy and learning for students from poor house-holds.
The potential long-term impact will make a huge difference on the students and the communities. It will increase the literacy rate and education rate among students between the ages of 3 -11 years, increase school enrollment and reduce absenteeism. It will further increase the social and cognitive ability of the children, increase the students potential for development and educational attainment and reverse the impact of poverty in those communities.