US$1.6 m allocated by the Tunisian Government for the construction and equipment of two pilot kitchens
WFP provides capacity-strengthening activities aimed at enhancing government-run National School Meals Programme
The National School Meals Programme reach 250,000 children (120,000 girls and 130,000 boys) in Tunisia; and 1.4 m children (660,000 girls and 740,000 boys) in Morocco
• WFP continues to support the Ministry of Education in setting up a pilot central kitchen, which will provide daily meals to 1,500 children in the hub school and five satellite schools in the Nadhour district of the Zaghouan governorate. The construction works for the central kitchen were completed, and the equipment is being installed – both infrastructure and equipment were fully funded by the Government. Also, upgrade works in two satellite schools have started using government resources, while the remaining three schools to be assessed and upgraded by WFP, in partnership with the United Nations Office for Project Services.
• A government delegation is participating in a visit to Oregon, United States, to learn about the US and Oregon Farm to School programme. The objective is to identify best practices, which could inspire innovation in the Tunisian school meals programme, notably in the home-grown aspect. This initiative is part of WFP’s continued support to strengthen the Government’s capacity to implement and enhance the national school meals programme.
• On 22 September, members of WFP’s cooperating partner Groupement Féminin de Development Agricole Nadhour (GFDA, Women’s Agricultural Development Group) participated in an event organised by UN Women on the theme “gender and employment”. The GFDA Nadhour members gave a presentation on their collaboration with WFP, and on how school meals can empower rural women groups, create employment opportunities and advance local development.
• On 29 September, WFP’s cooperating partner Un Repas Pour Chaque Tunisien (URPCT, A Meal for Every Tunisian) brought together the community of the Sidi Tabeth primary school (Ariana Governorate) and representatives from the ministries of education and agriculture to officially present their work plan for the 2018/2019 school year. A rich exchange of views took place after URPCT’s presentation.