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
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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!
SIFI team audits private bakeries in Tajikistan
Last week, on October 24-26 the SIFI team conducted a technology audit of 11 private bakeries in Khatlon and Sughd regions.
For 20 years, these bakeries have been baking bread for primary school students in collaboration with the WFP in the Republic of Tajikistan. It is good that children have the opportunity to receive fresh bread at school.
But there's a problem. Existing bakery equipment is completely worn out, unsafe in operation and requires immediate replacement.
Premises of many bakeries require reconstruction, replacement of electrical equipment, purchase and installation of modern equipment.
As a result of monitoring, thanks to financial assistance from Russia, WFP and SIFI will select several areas for reconstruction and repair of bakery units. In the repaired bakeries, new technological equipment will be installed and high-quality bread production will be established for its further delivery to schools.
The World Food Day celebration in Armenia
On October 16, SIFI together with UN WFP carried out Healthy Food Festival under celebration of World Food Day at the Musaler School of Armavir Marz in Armenia.
The main idea - to raise interest among children and their parents in the topic of proper nutrition for the sake of child's healthy future - was fully embodied at the Festival.
As the Deputy Director of the UN WFP Country Office Nanna Scau noted: "proper nutrition starts at home." However, it is important to realize that the child spends a lot of time at school. And that means that it is necessary to pay maximum attention to his health and proper development. First of all, this should be done through high-quality, nutritious, hot school meals.
At Musaler School 140 primary school children receive hot meals under the WFP programme. The headmaster Naira Svaryan is confident that every school should do everything possible to ensure a systematic and sustainable organization of healthy nutrition for students. However, parents, she believes, should not forget about their important role in this process.
Sonia Budagyan, the head of the Department of Education, Culture and Sports of Marz Armavir, also emphasized the participation of parents in the development of correct eating habits from childhood.
The guests of the Festival were also the headmsters of schools Arevshat, Griboedov, Zvartnots, Vagarshapat 3 and 12, Geghakert and Egeknut. These schools do not yet have hot meals, so they were happy to learn about the successful experience of the Musaler school. They were able to see and evaluate on the spot how the hot meals system works, got advice on what to do to start work on launching the Programme in their schools as soon as possible.
The entertaining part of the Fest was aimed at teaching children the basics of proper nutrition through thematic interactive games and creative workshops - the most reliable way of effective education. Students acquired the necessary knowledge on the healthy lifestyle participating in "Healthy lifestyle school" performance after which they become "Healthy lifestyle Superagents". To become one, children had to take special tasks to demonstrate what they learned and to get certificates for the HLS super agent.
Meanwhile their parents received useful recommendations on how to organize their child's proper nutrition at home. WFP Nutritionist Vardanush Petrosyan carried out a master class on organizing kids nutrition based on the "healthy plate" principle, and also made recommendations on how to develop healthy habits in children.
Parents could immediately apply the knowledge gained at the master class and prepare their own dishes from the products provided by the organizers: chicken, lentils, vegetables (tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, lettuce), lemon juice, nuts, olive oil and some spices allowed in kids nutrition. Prepared dishes turned out very tasty, and most importantly - healthy. Now, at home, parents will be able to delight their loved ones with healthy and nutritious dishes in order to maintain good health of their family.
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