MINEDUC made the request on Tuesday 23rd March 2021, in context of celebrating the African Day of School Feeding during a ceremony that took place at Groupe Scolaire Kayanga located in Rutunga sector of Gasabo district, Kigali city.
The event was characterized by the construction of kitchen gardens and various types of fruits that will help the school to feed its 2158 students.
Gaspard Twagirayezu, the Minister of State for Primary and Secondary Education at MINEDUC said that the activity to plant fruit trees and building kitchen gardens at schools will capacitate schools to feed children at noon.
“We encourage all schools to seek own means to feed children with crops available in surroundings. We have today planted fruit trees and vegetables expected to boost the school’s capacity to feed students. The Ministry and partners will gradually strengthen the program to help schools become self-reliant,” he said.
Among others, Twagirayezu explained, fruit trees and vegetables will help nourish students with food rich in nutrients enhancing proper growth.
Kwizera Bosco, a first year student at GS Kayanga said these fruits and vegetables will be helpful to them in coming days.
“We are excited for the activity because planted vegetables and fruits will lessen schools burden as crops will be harvested from the surroundings,” he said.
The head teacher of GS Kayanga, Nahayo Clemence appreciated the Ministry for celebrating the African Day of School Feeding at the school noting that it will help parents to understand the relevance of school feeding program.
“The day helps us to convince parents on the relevance of school feeding program, thus, making them actively involved and deeply understanding that Government’s policies are instituted for common interests,” she said.
She explained that such program saves students time, and prevents susceptible risks from forth and backwards movements as they go home for lunch and return to school every noon. The Government of Rwanda introduced school feeding program in 2014 for students enrolled in 9 and 12 year basic education.
The Government used to allocate the budget of Rwf5.5 billion for the first four consecutive years which increased to Rwf 7 billion in 2019/2020 fiscal year.
Rwanda registered 97.3% students benefiting school feeding program in 2019.