The Ghana School Feeding Programme in collaboration with the World Food Programme has organized a week-long Innovative Nutrition Training and Sensitization for caterers and head cooks under the GSFP from Monday, June 15 to Friday, June 19 in the Agona West Municipality.
The purpose of the programme was to train Ghana School Feeding caterers in a practical innovative nutrition cooking demonstration aimed at sharpening the skills of caterers and cooks to perform better on the job.
Addressing the participants, the Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, Hon. Cynthia Mamle Morrison disclosed that the programme is also aimed at sensitising caterers and cooks on optimal nutrition for school-aged children, innovative ways of adding soya and green leafy vegetables to school meals in order to increase the nutritional content of the meals mainly (especially the protein content)protein and to create awareness on the need for farmer-caterer linkage.
She noted that the Ghana School Feeding Programme which was initiated on pillar III of the Comprehensive African Agricultural Development Programme (CAADP) centers on improvement in Education, Health and Agriculture as its objectives.
“Currently, on a daily basis, the School Feeding Programme feeds 2.7 Million Pupils in Public Primary Schools and Government is determined to undertake further expansion”, the Gender Minister disclosed.
Hon. Cynthia Morrison concluded that there were other complementary projects on the School Feeding Programme such as the National Cocoa Drinks Projects currently being considered for Ghana Education Service (GES) Pupils.
She encouraged the caterers and head cooks to ensure a clean and hygienic cooking environment as well as observing all the safety protocols in order to stay safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The National Coordinator for School Feeding Programme, Mrs. Gertrude Quashigah said the programme was a practical training of best methods and practices in preparing school meals using local ingredients in the District.
” This training is also to ensure food hygiene and storage, cooking and storage under hygienic conditions and sterilization of cooking utensils”, she added.
The Agona West Municipal Chief Executive, Hon. Mrs. Justina Marigold Assan in her welcome address lauded the Gender Minister for spearheading the development of the Agona West Municipality on behalf of Government.
She noted that good nutrition was the backbone of every individual.
Adding that healthy people make a wealthy nation therefore a heathly nutruition to the children will significantly improve the academic standard in our Schools.