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On-site meeting of Coordination Council on School Feeding held in Khatlon region

On October 26, the regular on-site meeting of the Interdepartmental Coordination Council on School Feeding was held in the Khatlon region of Tajikistan.

The UN WFP School Feeding Programme embraces 754 schools in the Khatlon region, providing 245,514 primary school children with hot lunches. Members of the Coordination Council visited schools in the Pyanj, Jaykhun, and J. Balkhi districts, supervised the organization of school feeding, and gave instructions and recommendations to improve its quality.

After monitoring schools in the city of Bokhtar, representatives of the local self-governing body of the Khatlon region, the Ministries of Education and Science, Health and Social Protection, and others took part in the meeting of the Interdepartmental Coordination Council on School Feeding.

The participants discussed the monitoring results, emphasized the schools’ success, addressed drawbacks, and offered possible solutions. They also referred to the issue of efficient use of school areas, which can be an excellent opportunity to diversify the school menus with organic fruits, vegetables, and herbs and significantly influence the increase in the nutritional value of school meals to benefit the schoolchildren’s health.