Schoolchildren in Myanmar receive WFP High Energy Biscuits as a nutritious snack.
Photo: WFP/Philip McKinney
As the new academic year kicks off in June, WFP is restarting its school feeding activities, reaching some 232,000 children in 1,800 schools across Myanmar.
While children in many parts of the world are starting to wind down for their summer holidays, in Myanmar, June marks the beginning of the academic year – and of a new round of school meals provided by WFP.
“In 1996, WFP launched school feeding in Northern Rakhine State, which has some of the lowest education and food security indicators in Myanmar,” explains Dom Scalpelli, WFP Myanmar Country Director and Representative. “Since then we’ve expanded the programme all over the country.”
The programme aims to reach some 232,000 children in more than 1,800 schools in the most food insecure states of Chin, Rakhine, Northern and Southern Shan, and Magway.
WFP provides High Energy Biscuits – a kind of fortified cookie – as a nutritious snack to children in schools and nurseries. In areas where many families are highly food-insecure, take-home rations of rice are also provided for families of children who attend classes regularly.
“School meals not only help address the immediate problem of a child’s rumbling stomach, helping him or her concentrate on learning,” says Scalpelli. “Studies have shown that food at school improves enrolment and attendance rates, and in areas where girls’ education is an issue, it can encourage parents to send their daughters to school.”
WFP’s School Feeding activities in Myanmar are made possible thanks to support from the Governments of Australia, Canada, as well as, Japan Association for WFP (JAWFP), Unilever and Yum! Brands. It only costs 28 US cents per day to feed a child in school.
For more information see our Fact Sheet on school meals in Myanmar, available in English and in Myanmar.