9 million school children rely on feeding schemes

Daily Maverick's Leila Dougan talks to John Maytham about how the recession is impacting school feeding schemes.

9 million school children rely on feeding schemes and the meal they receive at school is usually their main nutritional meal of the day.

Dougan says with changes in South Africa's credit rating and the recession is seeing fewer donors.

The state school feeding programmes are not sufficient to feed all the children who need meals, says Dougan.

The National School Feeding programme is actually a good programme. Where it falls short is when it comes to ranking and rating the schools in terms of the neediness of the children.

Quintile 1, 2 and 3 schools are the neediest and 100% of those children are fed.

Then there are the least needy schools which she points out does not mean there are no needy children in those schools.

So only a portion of needy children in Quintile 4 and 5 are fed.

With the increasing economic challenges in the country, and more and more households having less money, she foresees increasing numbers of children needing to be fed through these school programmes.

Listen to Leila Dougan explain the problems with feeding schemes:


This article first appeared on 702 : 9 million school children rely on feeding schemes


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