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.
CHANGE MEALS. CHANGE LIVES.
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
The greenhouse for school meals: from the garden to the plate in one step
UN WFP established a greenhouse on the territory of the Vardges Petrosyan School in Ashtarak, Aragatsotn Marz.
The greenhouse is divided into two sections of 200 sqm each. One section is a standard greenhouse devoted for growing tomatoes. The second is a hydroponic greenhouse for planting strawberries. Vegetables and berries from the greenhouse will be used to diversify the school meals as well as generate additional income which will be directed to the improvement of the school conditions.
The greenhouse is equipped with automated heating, humidity control and ventilation systems. There is no doubt — sweet strawberries and juicy tomatoes right from the garden will please prrimary school students.
In addition, UN WFP has also provided a 15kwt solar station to the school to cover for the heating expenditures and the costs of equipment of the school kitchen.
The greenhouse will also become an educational platform for school children. They will be able to master the principles of growing vegetables in greenhouse conditions and learn hydroponics technology.
Trainings for the school staff have been completed, and first seedlings of both tomatoes and strawberries (hydroponics) have been planted in March. The first harvest of tomatoes will be in May, and that of strawberries in June.
In November last year, Aragatsotn became the sixth marz, which joined the National School Meals Programme after Shirak, Syunik, Tavush, Vayots Dzor and Ararat.
The transition to the National School Meals Programme is carried out thanks to the UN WFP School Meals Development project funded by the Russian Federation. Last year, Russia allocated $ 18 million to the UN WFP fund to implement the final phase of the project. Under the project 474 schools of the Gegharkunik, Lori, Armavir and Kotayk marzes will be repaired and equipped with new equipment. By 2024, the National School Meals Programme schould involve all the country's marzes.
The first in this year Interdepartmental Coordination Council on school meals was carried out in Tajikistan
On February 26, Interdepartmental Coordination Council members gathered to discuss the school meals programme in the country.
The chairman of the Council is the first deputy of the Ministry of Health and Social Protection of the Population of Tajikistan, Saida Umarzoda. Among participants were Alberto Mendes, WFP Country Director in Tajikistan and representatives from ministries of finance, education and science, agriculture, economic development and trade.
The main topic of the Council was the development of the National school meals programme in the country. Council members decided to create an expert working group, which will include representatives of ministries and departments, as well as school meals specialists from Russia.
For the moment the Ministry of Finance of Tajikistan is working on launching financing of school meals on the basis of UN WFP pilot schools with state funds.
During the Council the results of 2019 were also discussed. Not all points of the Plan for the implementation of the Sustainable School Feeding Development Strategy in Tajikistan for the period until 2027 were completed on time. The good news is that that will be corrected by the responsible representatives of the ministries.
His study tour of school canteens Daniel Balaban continued in Rostov
Together with Vladimir Chernigov, they visited one of the four schools of the city - the school based canteen, which cooks and delivers food to three more schools. At school No. 4, about 1,100 breakfasts and 600 lunches are prepared every day.
Guests met with the head of the district Shokin Sergey Valerievich. Discussing the organization of school meals in Rostov, Daniel tried traditional omelettes and cutlets with mashed potatoes. The guest liked the school dishes very much, as did the children. Mr. Balaban noted that everyone ate their meals very quickly and nothing left on the plates.
Mr. Balaban also shared Brazil's experience in organizing school meals. They are completely free of charge for all children from kindergarten until graduation (total 45 million students). And he expressed his hope that in Russia this will also be so. The first steps are already being taken - free meals for all students in grades 1-4.
An interesting fact about school meals in Brazil: one of the sources of funding school meals is the lottery. All lotteries here are state-owned (private are prohibited) and the proceeds from the sale of tickets go to school meals!
International expert Daniel Balaban evaluates school meals organization in Russia
In May, Moscow will host a conference with the BRICS countries representatives on school meals subject. Our Institute's team takes an active part in its preparation. One of the stages of this preparation was the invitation to Russia of our friend - International School Meals Expert, WFP Brazil Centre of Excellence against hunger director and Member of the GCNF Board of Directors, Daniel Balaban.
On February 18 Daniel Balaban visited the canteens of Yaroslavl schools, the Combine of social nutrition, and will talk with children, parents and the the city mayor on school meals organization in the region.
Why Yaroslavl region? In May last year, our Institute signed a cooperation agreement with the Mayor of Yaroslavl as part of the Interregional Conference "School Meals: Control, Quality, Accessibility." The decisions made at the conference became the basis for ongoing joint work on the school meals system development in the region.
It is also expected that Mr. Balaban will get acquainted with the school meals organization in one of the schools in Rostov the Great. His working trip to Russia Mr. Balaban will complete by visiting school canteens in Moscow.
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