10 Jul 2019 17:20pm
WINDHOEK, 10 JUL (NAMPA) The Russian Federation of Wednesday donated wheat and cooking oil valued at US.dollars 1.5 million (N.dollars 21.1 million) to the Namibia School Feeding Programme (NSFP) in the capital.
Speaking at the handing over ceremony, Ambassador of Russian Federation to Namibia, Valery Utkin, said the Russia Federation and the United Nations World Food Program closely cooperates in the implantation of school feeding programmes in many countries.
This time, a consignment of 652 tonnes of wheats and 51 000 litres of cooking oil worth US.dollars 1.5 million has been delivered to Namibia. Now that Namibia is facing a serious challenge caused by severe drought, I think this contribution may assist the Namibian government in its comprehensive measures to alleviate the consequences of the national disaster, Utkin explained.
The Deputy Minister of Education Arts and Culture (MOEAC), Ester Nghipondoka, while accepting the donation in a speech read on her behalf, said the NSFP is one of the vehicles designed to address equal access to education.
It has proven over the years to have made a significant contribution to getting and retaining girls and boys in schools, especially children from food insecure households, she said.
The deputy minister added that NSFP is strongly supported by the fifth National Development Plan, the Harambee Prosperity Plan, the Zero Hunger Strategy and the Poverty Eradication Blue Print.
Nghipondoka further added that over 370 000 learners in 1400 schools across all 14 regions countrywide are beneficiaries of this contribution.
According to her, the contribution is very timely and will complement the fortified maize blend that the ministry provides to learners, thereby bringing diversity in school meals and reduce short-term hunger and serve as a vehicle for meeting the nutritional requirements of children.
Nghipondoka stated that the contribution will be directed to regions that are mostly hit by drought and will last until the end of 2019.