Improve national education and nutrition of schoolboys and girls while supporting local livelihoods
February 2, 2021 Ongoing projects

Improve national education and nutrition of schoolboys and girls while supporting local livelihoods

Full name: Improve national education and nutrition of schoolboys and girls while supporting local livelihoods through the implementation of school feeding programme in Daquq District, Kirkuk.

Duration: October 2020 - May 2021

Lack of sustainable livelihoods and poverty obliges families to adopt negative coping strategies that might include prioritizing food and health against education and children’s well-being. On the other hand, children might not find schools attractive for many reasons, starving during school hours might be one. Attending schools with an empty stomach decreases focus of children in classes significantly. School Feeding Programme is introduced to address these issues since it will not only improve nutrition of children, but also increase access to and achievement in education. School Feeding Programme will cover a notable part of school-related expenses which will help families to alleviate negative coping strategies and protect children from risks associated with such negative strategies (like child labour). 

Project Goal:

Project Overall Objective: to enhance and maintain enrolment, attendance and retention levels into formal education while enhancing the restoration of local livelihoods in the targeted communities.

Specific objective 1: To contribute to improving education and nutritional levels of primary school children.

Specific objective 2: To contribute to the restoration of livelihoods and market capacity in the targeted communities

Implementation and results:

  • 10 537 schoolkids received regular meals in Daquq district
  • 60 schools included in the programme in Daquq district
  • 75% of headmasters reporting improved enrolment rates
  • 75% of headmasters reporting improved hygienic and nutrition practices
  • 75% of community members reporting being able to meet their HH’s basic needs as a result of their employment in food processing industry.

Total Budget:  863 807 776 IQD ~ 594,623 EUR

Donors: World Food Programme