Kids’ schooling in doubt as hunger stalks Mali
The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), the main supporter of such initiatives, would be forced to halt the project if it does not secure US$3 million in funding.
Despite the high levels of insecurity–especially in northern and central Mali since 2012, WFP and its partners were able to provide school meals to an average of 170 000 children per year, half of which were girls.
WFP’s school meals were instrumental in in the Government’s 2015 back to school campaign, encouraging families to let their children resume their studies in regions such as Mopti, Timbuktu and Gao which had been bearing the brunt of the conflict, and where schools were closed between 2012 and 2015.
WFP works closely with the Ministry of Education to implement the school meals programme – a priority for the Government of Mali, which approved a national school feeding in 2009.
Since 2010, Mali has faced successive food security crises, brought on by irregular rainfall and prolonged insecurity in the North. More than a quarter of the population suffers from moderate and severe food insecurity; of this, almost half a million are severely food insecure.
Even in peaceful years, malnutrition rates in Mali are among the highest in the world. According to a 2014 national survey, the average prevalence of global acute malnutrition (GAM) in children under five stands at 13 percent.
– CAJ News
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