Equal Education and Section 27 say they want to ensure the Basic Education Department is properly rolling out the National School Nutrition Programme. They say that while implementation has improved, gaps remain.
Discussions about the schooling program for the rest of the year are still underway, but the majority of children who rely on the National School Nutrition Programme remain without access to their meals.
Amost half-a-million Gauteng beneficiaries reliant on feeding schemes under the suspended provincial food bank programme, having already gone hungry for four months, are now facing a bleak Christmas.
Children, especially in rural areas, are turning away from school feeding schemes because they fear being judged for being poor by their fellow learners, despite being hungry. HEALTH-E NEWS spoke to learners and experts about the stigma of hunger and its effect on children’s health and education.
Alexandra non-profit organisation Ucedo Lwa Bantu (Help for the Nation), originally established to help patients with chronic illnesses adhere to their medication programmes, has instead become a feeding programme.