WFP South Sudan School Feeding Programme (March 2019)

The World Food Programme’s (WFP) school feeding programme was introduced in South Sudan, by then southern Sudan, in 2003 with the aim of enhancing access to food. The school feeding programme is a safety net aimed at incentivizing education for children to come to school.

Six years of civil war have resulted in one of the largest internal and external displacement crisis. The conflict has affected all areas of the country’s development, including livelihoods, education and health.

Many schools have been abandoned or destroyed, inhibiting access to education by children. As a result, enrolment and attendance rates plummeted to 62 percent in 2015 from 85 percent in 2009. With an improved security situation, attendance and enrolment have steadily increased to approximately 70 percent in 2018. following expansion of the school meals programme to reach more schools, the enrolment rates are expected to continue to increase.

In 2019, WFP plans to assist 460,000 children across 1,045 schools in all of the ten states of South Sudan.

2018 Achievements At a Glance

939 schools supported

412,118 children received a daily school meal (51 percent boys and 49 percent girls)

310,065 children de-wormed

Source: World Food Programme

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