The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) representative in The Gambia concluded her five-year mission in the country with an appeal to the authorities and parents to maintain and support the home grown school feeding programme that the agency started in 2012.
Speaking to journalists following a closed-door farewell discussion with the Minister of Basic and Secondary Education, Dr Fatou Lamin Faye, yesterday, Victoria Ginja said Gambian authorities’ calculated acceptance and embracing of the initiative has helped in the students’ fulltime retention in school and their concentration during classes.
Madam Ginja, who will now head to Colombia for her new international appointment said the five-year mission in The Gambia was remarkably successful but expressed concern and appealled for the entire Gambian population to firmly support the programme and the cooks to improve the initiative.
She said Gambians should be proud of making successes in the school feeding programme aspect, saying it is not the responsibility of the Basic and Secondary Education Ministry alone to address the arising challenges. “My dream is that one day we will together have a universal school meal feeding programme,” she said.
The Mozambican born diplomat commended the Government of Islamic Republic of The Gambia, through the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education, for the political will it always exercised towards the growth and development advancement of the country. She also commended the Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs for their commitment to the attainment of the programme.
by Amadou Jallow