The Ghana School Feeding Program (GSFP) has held a one day workshop in Tamale in the northern region for caterers on hygienic and other guidelines pertaining to the program. This is to improve the conditions under which food can be prepared for the school children to feed on.
About 222 caterers and their cooks were assembled at the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) hall in Tamale on Thursday, April 26, 2016 and given this training. Speaking to Journalists on the sidelines of the program, the deputy Director of Monitoring and Evaluation and responsible for the Northern, Upper East and Upper West regions, Madam Miriam Ninepense explained that, this workshop was to enhance the knowledge and skills of these caterers and their cooks.
She said that, the training was to inform all newly recruited caterers about the dos and don’ts of the School Feeding program. “We have to tell them what they are suppose to do and what not to do, give them information on nutritional requirements, the hygienic purposes and the purpose of the school feeding; the reason why we have given the contracts to them” she stressed.
According to Mrs. Ninepense, the state of the Ghana School Feeding Program is very good. She noted that, the school feeding secretariat anticipates further improvement from the current conditions, especially with the caterers. Consequently, she stated that, the training seeks to equip them with the necessary things that would empower them.
She however disputed claims that, the amount of money paid per head in a day is not sufficient. She argued that, once the caterers cook in bulk, the amount of one Ghana cedi paid per child is enough for the program.
When asked whether people should have confidence in the school feeding program; she said the reason why people should have confidence in the program is that, since its inception, enrollment of basic school students have been increasing and the children always attend classes at the rural communities.
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