We support children with hot nutritious food, so they can learn well and grow healthy. We believe that by this we will support sustainable future not only for our children but for the future generations as a whole.
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WE DEVELOP SCIENCE-BASED BALANCED DIETS
WE DEVELOP NATIONAL POLICIES AND PROGRAMMES
WE CARRY OUT COMPREHENSIVE RESEARCH ACTIVITIES
WE IMPLEMENT INNOVATIVE SCHOOL MEALS MODELS
WE BUILD CAPACITY AND TRAIN PERSONNEL FOR SCHOOL MEALS ORGANIZATION
WE RAISE PUBLIC AWARENESS OF THE PRINCIPLES OF PROPER NUTRITION
Effective solutions to improve food security and nutrition of vulnerable populations
A series of celebrations for kids the "Healthy Nutrition Brigade" was held in Kyrgyzstan
From December 4 to 6, together with UN WFP we organized a series of celebrations dedicated to proper nutrition in six schools of the Chui province.
The main idea of the festival was to interest children of primary school age with the topic of proper nutrition, as well as to teach the basic principles of good nutrition and a healthy lifestyle in a fun way.
During the event, a "Healthy Nutrition Brigade" minibus ran between the six schools of the Zhaiyl, Moscow and Ysyk-Ata districts. The team consisting of Captain Nutrition and his assistants Vitamins introduced children to the concept of a balanced diet and the main vitamins that are useful for their growing body. They also helped children master six "superpowers". With those "superpowers" they can fight diseases, grow and develop correctly, study well, and achieve success in sports.
Interactive games about healthy eating were held in the format of an entertaining quest. At each stage of the quest — game stations — the guys got acquainted with a certain "superpower": to follow the daily regimen, distinguish between harmful and wholesome foods, choose products that are valuable to them, wash their hands properly and cook healthy and tasty snacks on their own. The quest will become a kind of "brochure" for the easy acquisition of the basic rules and principles of good nutrition.
The idea of organising healthy nutrition events in Kyrgyzstan's schools came when we together with UN WFP, with the support of the Bishkek City Hall and the Ministry of Education, held a Healthy Nutrition Week in one of the schools in Bishkek, and then expanded and held the country's first Healthy Nutrition Festival.
The celebration of healthy eating will not be a single event — schools will be able to use this methodology to conduct additional healthy nutrition lessons in order to captivate children with the topic of proper nutrition and make them want to follow its basic principles.
The event is held as part of a project to optimize school meals in the Kyrgyz Republic, thanks to which about 200,000 young students in almost 640 pilot schools receive hot meals.
The school meals programme in Kyrgyzstan has been implemented by the WFP with technical support from SIFI and financial assistance from the Russian Federation since 2010. The success of the project, broad support from the authorities, the public and donors allows us to build optimistic and very real plans — by 2022 to introduce hot meals in all schools of the country.
Vladimir Chernigov made a working visit to the Republic of Uzbekistan
On November 28-30 under the working visit at the invitation of the Uzbek side, SIFI President Vladimir Chernigov met with the Minister of Preschool Education of the Republic of Uzbekistan Agrippina Shin, deputy ministers and heads of different establishments of the department.
The parties discussed main issues of public meals organization for children in preschool educational institutions. There are many tasks ahead, interesting and active collaboration.
Aragatsotn joined the National School Feeding Programme in Armenia
Today UN WFP handed over the implementation of school feeding programme in Aragatsotn province to the Government of the Republic of Armenia.
The ceremony took place in Ashtarak School after Vardges Petrosyan and was attended by the Minister of Education, Science, Culture and Sports of Armenia Arayik Harutyunyan, the WFP Country Director in Armenia Jelena Milosevic, representatives of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation, the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Armenia, SIFI and other international and non-governmental organizations working in the country.
Speakers shared the results of the Programme and their suggestions for its further successful implementation. Great attention was paid to the direct participation of parents to improve the quality of school meals.
"Once a year we meet in a new marz, which goes into the National School Feeding Programme. Today we have the sixth handover of the marz. And the line is already visible when all the marzes of the country will be covered by the National School Feeding Programme. At the next stages of the Programme I would like to propose to strengthen the role of parents and the public in school meals organization. Until parents understand that eating at home and eating at school is one chain - one process of strengthening and improving the child's health, our efforts will be in vain," said Vladimir Chernigov, SIFI president.
About Marz Aragatsotn
Aragatsotn became the sixth marz, which joined the National School Feeding Programme after Shirak, Syunik, Tavush, Vayots Dzor and Ararat.
There are 117 schools in the marz, but only 79 of them participated in the UN WFP "School Feeding Development" project. The rest of the schools could not ensure the safety of preparing school meals due to the lack of necessary sanitary conditions of canteens.
Thanks to the support of WFP and local non-governmental organizations (CoAF, FAR), it was possible to increase the number of schools that will be included in the National School Feeding Programme. Now there are 100 of schools. 6111 primary school students will receive delicious hot breakfasts or lunches prepared at the re-equipped kitchens according to all the rules and safety and quality regulations.
The Minister of Education, Science, Culture and Sports of Armenia Arayik Harutyunyan said: "For the successful implementation of the Programme it is very important that all the stakeholders participate actively: all those who manage the Programme and the school teachers and parents. It is also important to create an environment: local producers and entrepreneurs should be involved in the process".
The gradual implementation of the National School Feeding Programme throughout Armenia was possible thanks to the financial support of the Russian Federation, which since 2010 has been financing the UN WFP School Feeding Development project.
Extensive work has been done over the years: with the technical support of SIFI experts, the current state of the infrastructure of school canteens in seven regions of the country has been assessed, plans have been prepared for the restoration of school canteens and their re-equipment with modern Russian equipment. To learn how to work on it, school cooks attended trainings specially prepared for these tasks. The school cooks not only significantly increase their skills in preparing safe and tasty school lunches, but also learn to develop balanced and varied diets for children.
Thanks to a new contribution of the Russian Federation in the amount of $ 18 million to the UN WFP fund for the implementation of the final stage of the project, by 2023 all marzes of the country should go to the National School Feeding Programme. The canteens of 474 schools in Gegharkunik, Lori, Armavir and Kotayk will be brought into proper sanitary and hygienic condition and reequipped with new equipment.
"A comprehensive approach is needed to organize school meals, therefore, it is necessary to develop new mechanisms to improve the quality of school meals, for example, greenhouses, support farmers, and involve parents of schoolchildren," said Vladimir Kovalenko, deputy director of the Department for International Financial Relations, Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation.
Greenhouse for sustainable school feeding
The work of partners does not end with the the Programme handover to the Government. Currently, WFP is building a greenhouse at the Vardges Petrosyan School to maintain the sustainability of school meals. The greenhouse will be open in early December. They plan to grow tomatoes in the ground, and strawberry according to hydroponic technology. Also, solar panels have been installed under this project, to use the "green energy" for maintaining a special climate in the greenhouse and operating energy-intensive equipment in the school canteen. The greenhouse will also be used for educational purposes to teach children how to grow fruits and vegetables. In the future, WFP plans to organize such models in other schools.
In addition to the greenhouse, the guests of the event were shown repaired school canteen, where they tasted school meals for the company with the small beneficiaries of the Programme - primary school students.
"Thanks to the long-standing partnership with the Government of Armenia and the constant support from the Russian Federation, the school feeding programme in Armenia sets a perfect example of what can happen when we all work together towards one common goal: helping a new generation realise its full potential and push its country's future forward," said Jelena Milosevic.
A working meeting of the Interdepartmental Coordination Council on school feeding was carried out in Tajikistan
We often tell about the successful launch of hot meals in tajik schools. But it's important to understand that starting meals at school is only part of a whole range of works in this area.
The organization of school meals needs to be regulated and controlled. It must be clear enough, who is responsible for what, who and how can do school feeding better in order to provide high-quality nutrition for the growing generation of the country.
These issues were raised on October 30th by members of the Interagency Coordination Council on school meals at a working meeting.
The main subject of discussion was the draft document "The order of meals organization in educational institutions of the Republic of Tajikistan."
The provisions described in the document will allow to regulate relations between authorities at all levels, educational institutions, public catering organizations, students' parents on the issues of rational nutrition in schools in Tajikistan.
We hope for the fast adoption of the document and its successful use in the implementation of the School Meals Programme in the country!
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