4H-Ghana, a Non Governmental Organization (NGO), has launched a sustainable school feeding programme to supplement government’s efforts in providing nutritious diets to school children in the country.
Under the project, 4H-Ghana would provide high yielding seeds to schools to produce vegetables in their school gardens.
Parents in the community are to be supported to produce cereals and other protein products which they would donate to the schools to be used in cooking for the children.
The project was launched at Akumesu near Asesewa in the Upper Manya Krobo District on Thursday.
Mr David Teye, Assemblyman for the area, said the community had accepted the project whole heartedly.
He said the project would start with lunch for pupils in Kindergarten one and two once a week and gave the assurance that the community would work hard to ensure that the program was extended to cover all pupils at the Akumesu District Assembly Primary School.
Mr Teye expressed concern about the poor nature of the road leading to the community from Asesewa and appealed to the District Assembly to help rehabilitate it.
Mr Jeremiah Nartey Teye, who represented the Upper Manya District Chief Executive, said it had been the wish of the assembly to extend the school feeding program to all schools but lack of funds was thwarting its efforts.
He urged the people to support the project so that school feeding could be extended to all schools in the district to help improve the nutritional status of the school children to enhance their academic performance.
Mr Appiah Kweku Boateng, Executive Director of 4H-Ghana, said the project had been successful in Kenya.
He said 4H-Ghana hoped to establish 15 model school feeding programmes in the Eastern and Northern Regions by the end of December this year.
He said 4H-Ghana was working in collaboration with the National School Feeding Programme to scale-up the sustainable school feeding model to be replicated in many schools.