WFP continues to support the recently created Office of school services (Office des oeuvres scolaires), a Ministry of Education department dedicated to the management of the Tunisian national school meals programme.
In Morocco, WFP is supporting the Ministry of Education to implement its recently validated Plan of Action for the improvement of the national school meals programme.
In Tunisia, WFP’s support to the Office of school services includes the construction and operationalisation of the central kitchen pilot in the Nadhour district of the Zaghouan governorate.
WFP has developed a project management tool to ensure all the activities and actions required to successfully kick off the pilot are properly conducted and monitored. The six work streams are: construction, school garden, equipment, supply chain management, training and guidelines, and rural women/local community engagement.
WFP developed a set of recommended menus for Tunisian school canteens, based upon simplified content of the more comprehensive Nutrition and Hygiene Guidelines – aimed for national and regional school feeding stakeholders. The menus will be effective for the use of canteen managers and practitioners at the school level.
In Morocco, to follow up the validation of the Plan of Action for the improvement of the national school meals programme, discussions are ongoing for a steering committee meeting to take place in September 2016. The meeting’s agenda will be to agree on specific activities for joint implementation.
The activities are to be based on WFP and its expert’s recommendations, to be evaluated by Moroccan government officials participating in the management of the national school meals programme. Ways to engage local actors such as parents’ associations in school meals’ management are to be explored.