Education official salute computerised monitor of school feeding

23 Jul 2015 10:10am
ONDANGWA, 23 JUL (NAMPA) – The Namibian School Feeding Programme (NSFP) Refresher Training Workshop, which was about deepening knowledge and skills on the utilisation of the Namibian School Feeding Information System, (NaSiS), ended at here on Tuesday.
NaSiS is a web-based computerised monitoring and evaluation system.
Some 32 school inspectors, circuit administrative officers and officials from regional education offices from the Oshana and Ohangwena regions participated in the two-day workshop.
Inspector of education from the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture head office, Jafet Shiteketa told Nampa on the sideline of the workshop on Tuesday that the workshop is a technical partnership between the Ministry and the World Food Programme (WFP).
Shiteketa said in 2012, the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture established a strategic partnership with the WFP in order to improve the NSFP through technical assistance areas of policy; strategic guidance; capacity building; system development and strengthening; and programme support and coordination.
“This partnership has been extended until 2018 to consolidate gains made in the previous years, as well as provide support to implement new priority areas.” Shiteketa explained.
A similar workshop was also held at Opuwo in the Kunene Region for the Kunene and Omusati regions, also on Monday and Tuesday.
The Katima Mulilo Town in the Zambezi Region hosted a similar workshop for the Zambezi and Kavango East on the 9th and 10th of this month, while Rundu hosted such a workshop for Oshikoto and Kavango West, also during the same period.
The NSFP Refresher Training Workshop will be conducted for Khomas, Hardap and Karas regions at Mariental, and that for the regions of Otjozondjupa, Erongo and Omaheke will be held at Otjiwarongo.
These two separate workshops will take place on the 3rd and 4th of next month. The workshop enhances participants’ understanding of their roles and responsibilities within the NSFP.
“School feeding is regarded as a priority in the ministry, therefore it is fully funded and run by the government.” Shiteketa explained.
He noted that the feeding programme in return has improved learners’ class attendance and retainance, as well as improved general performance in schools.
According to Shiteketa, NSFP is also an answer to President Hage Geingob’s call for poverty eradication in the country.
Some of the workshop participants and school inspectors, Menette Nambala, Hilma Nuunyango and Palisha Ngulu informed this news agency that transformation of the feeding programme’s manual recording into the NaSiS system will save them time and make their monitoring of the programme easier.
“This computerized data collection system will enable us to easily capture how food is handled, delivered, prepared and how it reaches the beneficiaries.” the three school inspectors noted.
Initial and/or first training sessions regarding NSFP was held for the whole country in the Kavango and Zambezi regions in 2013.