Hillside Primary School hosts the African Day of School Feeding celebration in Namibia
Since its recognition by the African Union in 2016, the Africa Day for School Feeding marks a moment each year to recognise the immense value of home grown school feeding in improving retention and the performance of children in school.
On 1 March 2017, the principal of Hillside Primary School, Nathalië Uaendere hosted officials from the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture to commemorate the Africa Day of School Feeding. To mark the occasion, partner company Namibia Dairies and Pick n Pay gave every learner in her school a carton of Oshikandela cultured milk to commemorate the Africa Day of School Feeding.
I hold school feeding very close to my heart because of the role it plays in promoting and strengthening education. I have witnessed school feeding first hand, as a teacher and as a leader at the regional level and know what it means to our learners and to communities at large. School feeding has a significant impact on access, retention and attendance and in the reduction of school drop-out rates among school-age children. School meals also reduce short-term hunger and serve as a vehicle for meeting the nutritional requirements of children. The meals improve learning, cognitive capacity, concentration in class and contribute to better performance.”
Hon Katrina Hanse-Himarwa, Minister of Education, Arts and Culture.
Hon Hanse-Himarwa reiterated that 330,000 learners in Namibia receive a mid-morning nutritious fortified maize meal each school day in over 1400 schools across all 14 regions in the country.
Learn more about this event in Namibia (Namibia Economist).
Learn more about the regional event held in Congo.