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ARMENIA
Donor funding (RF):
25 mln USD
Governmental funding:
3 mln USD

WFP Project
470 schools
51 000 beneficiaries
National School Feeding Programme
605 schools
51 000 beneficiaries
The UN World Food Programme "Development of Sustainable School Feeding in Armenia" project implemented with technical support from SIFI and funded by the Russian Federation has been implemented in Armenia since 2010.

The project aimed to provide a nutritionally balanced hot meal for school children in the most vulnerable regions, with the programme embedded in national priorities and budgets. The project has become a success, and Russia considered it as a example for a broader, more strategic partnership with WFP.


Look at how the work on setting up the National School Feeding Programme in Armenia began back in 2010 and what significant results have been archived by 2016
National School Feeding Programme: As Began
One of the important Assessment's results - the list of products, provided by WFP was completed with rice, pasta, and buckwheat that enabled to diversify school rations according to child's nutrition needs.
Since the beginning the ultimate goals of the project were to:

  • Support the food security and education of children through the provision of school meals, and
  • Support the Government of Armenia in developing and operating a sustainable national school feeding programme embedded in national policies and budgets.

The first step for SIFI to make was to conduct comprehensive school feeding assessment in order to identify main problems and existing gaps.

This Assessment included visits to selected schools and review of infrastructure facilities, sanitary conditions and administrative gaps as well as survey of the rest of schools.

The Assessment laid the ground for designing National School Feeding Strategy. In order to make this strategy effective, our experts analyzed and considered current legislative framework, procurement, funding and safety issues.
336 schools were provided with basic kitchen equipment to ensure conditions for hot feeding
In August 2013, after developing the entire context and elaborating comments from all stakeholders, the Strategy on Sustainable School Feeding was endorsed by the Government, which lays down the regulation and coordination functions of government structures and schools. Since that time SIFI works in close cooperation with the Ministry of Education in order to provide the most effective work in operating regions.

The first take-over from WFP was in the 2014 - 2015 school year in three regions - Vayots Dzor, Syunik and Ararat.

Based on the Assessment the individual kitchen plans were designed, 336 schools were provided with basic kitchen equipment to ensure conditions for hot feeding. The Assessment results helped the schools to improve their food preparation, as well as water and sanitation facilities by active support from local authorities and parents.

Before the project was taken over, SIFI carried out training for school administrations using training materials developed by our experts. As well the school feeding manual developed by the government through SIFI's support was distributed to all the schools. Since this time SIFI continuously assists the Government through:

  • Series of trainings and study visits to Russia for school headmasters and cooks
  • Advocacy activities, such as brochures for parents and teachers on healthy eating as well as carrying out games and performances for children
  • Regular monitoring of schools, participating in National Programme
  • Facilitating the development of school gardens and cooperation with local farmers.
CURENT RESULTS
  • Coverage
    School feeding introduced into more than half of the schools in Armenia

  • Decrease in drop-out rates
    Increased and more regular attendance of children
  • Advantages for education
    Children's concentration and self-confidence during learning activities improved
  • Parents participation
    Increased parent inputs of seasonal fruits and vegetables and cash contributions
  • Infrastructure development
    Kitchen/cafeteria facilities and sanitary-hygienic conditions in schools improved
  • Participation of community
    Growing local engagement in school feeding
FUTURE PLANS

Based on the results achieved, the Government of Armenia decided to expand the National Programme and from September, 2017 included Tavush marz into the National School Feeding Programme. It means that all schools now receive budget allocations of 140 dram\per child for provision of hot meals to the schoolchildren of 1-4 grades.

In 2017 first time in the history of the project implementation the WFP, UNDP, Children of Armenia Fund, Fund for Armenian Relief, Armenia Territorial Development Fund (ATDF) have joint their efforts in assisting Government with school canteens renovation and provision of all schools with new kitchen equipment.

In 2018 we've gathered the second coordination meeting of donors to coordinate their work and to help schools of Shirak and Aragatsotn to organize hot meals.

We strongly believe that in the nearest future all of first grade schoolchildren will be ensured with the high quality, balanced hot meals, cooked in school canteens with the appropriate state of infrastructure.

NEWSLETTER OF SCHOOL FEEDING
January 2023
  1. Russian finance ministry representatives visit armenian schools
  2. Heading for capital city: experts discuss formation of full-scale school feeding system in Yerevan
  3. Adventures in Mysterious Garden: schoolchildren dive into a fairytale about plants on World Food Day
  4. Wholemeal bread becomes more affordable
  5. Set for development: WFP will help Syunik develop agriculture
  6. Cookery is not just preparation of dishes but an art that requires mastery
  7. Best school gardens of 2022 receive deserved awards
  8. Last year's Best School Mini Gardens: how winners used their awards
  9. School cook training in Kyrgyzstan breaks new ground with establishment of Republican Competency Center for School Feeding
  10. Diverse, tasty, nutritious school meals: Best School Canteen competition held in Russia
  11. Magical tops: beet greens as keep-fit secret
  12. Microgreens: space culinary delight
  13. Kitchenville Tales. Tale Six | Secret of the Lottery Winner
Since 2013 we issue Newsletter of School Feeding in Armenia to keep you updated on the Project achievements
  • Issue 19/2023
    Adventures in mysterious garden
    Schoolchildren dive into a fairytale about plants on World Food Day
  • Issue 18/2022
    Every little bit helps to get school canteens renovated
    Donor meetings in Armavir and Kotayk marzes on joining the National
    School Feeding Programme
  • Issue 17/2022
    Expanding horizons
    National School Feeding Programme covered two more marzes
  • Issue 16/2021
    Reviving ancient traditions
    WFP launches whole wheat bread production programme in Armenia
  • Issue 15/2020
    Happy Birthday!
    10th anniversary of School Feeding Programme in Armenia
  • Issue 14/2020
    Green issue of Newsletter
    Ideas of summer recipes with national dishes from herbs, a garden — entertainment
    for children and help to parents
  • Issue 13/2020
    Half way passed
    Aragatsotn joined the National School Meals Programme
  • Issue 12/2019
    Anatomy of Taste in Questions and Answers
    What's wrong with milk froths, boiled onion and broccoli?
  • Issue 11/2018
    Shirak joins National School Feeding Programme
    The National program provides food to half the marzes of the country
  • Issue 10/2018
    Agriculture in school feeding
    How school gardens can diversify the diet of schoolchildren and improve the standard of living of the local population
  • Issue 9/2017
    Tavush entered the National School Feeding Programme
    7,500 more schoolchildren will eat delicious and healthy hot meals
  • Issue 8/2017
    A step closer to a healthy generation
    Fund for the Sustainable Development of School Nutrition Created in Armenia
  • Issue 7/2017
    Join efforts for a better future
    School feeding as a cause to bring together representatives from different countries and professions
  • Issue 6/2016
    Hot meals will be introduced to children of Tavush
    Expansion of the National School Feeding Programme
  • Issue 5/2015
    Be brave and succeed!
    About the results of hot feeding launch in Ararat region
  • Issue 4/2015
    From bisquits to hot feeding
    School feeding during the summer break
  • Issue 3/2015
    School afterlunch during the wintertime
    In Russian only
  • Issue 2/2014
    Syunik and Vayotz Dzor on their way to healthy feeding
    In Russian only
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