By Razak Baba
The World Food Programme is supporting the Ghana School Feeding Programme to digitize the monitoring of the school feeding programme. The initiative aims to reinforce the efficiency of the programme by enabling the tracking of daily attendance and feeding in 260 pilot schools in all 16 Regions of Ghana.
A capacity-building session has been held in Kumasi to train Head Teachers, Circuit Supervisors and Caterers in the use of the Tablets provided by the World Food Programme for Data Collection and Reporting.
Razak Baba reports that the 2- Day session brought together staff of the Ghana Education Service including Circuit Supervisors and Headteachers from the Kumasi Metropolis, Kwadaso Municipality, and Sekyere South District all in the Ashanti Region, Tano North in Ahafo Region and Sunyani Municipality in the Bono Region.
The United Nations World Food Programme has provided tablets to support the Ghana School Feeding Programme to digitize its monitoring system. The tablets are loaded with software to enable the users to track daily attendance and feeding in selected schools across all the 260 Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies.
A total of 300 people are to benefit from the exercise.
The switch from a manual to a digital operating system is expected to enhance the credibility, transparency and accountability of the School Feeding Programme.
Since the World Food Programme stopped the direct provision of school meals in 2016, it has been providing technical support and helping to improve the overall implementation of the programme which currently reaches more than 3.4 million schoolchildren.
The Programme Policy Officer at the World Food Program, Madam Emma Anaman said the Program her outfit would continue to support the government with technical and capacity training where necessary.
The Director of Monitoring and Evaluation at the Ghana School Feeding Programme, Madam Akyere Frimpong Manu, entreated participants to make good use of the tablets as these would enhance the monitoring and reporting capacity of the Ghana School Feeding Programme to yield positive results.