9 Countries Where Students Are Happy They Went To School Today

The promise of daily food can change how a student, and a family, looks a going to school. In partnership with local governments across the developing world, WFP provides school meals, which encourage families to keep sending their children to class each day and improve focus among the students.


These photos from nine of more than 60 WFP school meals programmes around the world show some of these students enjoying their daily food.


A girl eats high energy biscuits at her school in Kabul

This student in Kabul snacks on a locally-produced High-Energy Biscuit as a part of WFP’s school meals programme. These snacks are fortified with vitamins and minerals. (Photo: WFP/Wahidullah Amani, 14 May 2013)


A boy eats his meal in Benin

Students at Métohoué Public Primary School in Toviklin receive daily school meals from WFP. In partnership with the government of Benin, WFP provides food assistance to more than 100,000 students at 364 schools. (Photo: WFP/Katie Fackler, May 2011)


School kids eat passion fruits at their school in Ecuador

At the Cristobal de Troya School in the Imbabura Province, a young student snacks on a passion fruit. In partnership with the local government, WFP provides school children with locally raised fruits and vegetables to complement their school meals. (Photo: WFP/ Gabriela Malo, 24 January 2013)


Children sitting in a classroom eat their meal in Ethiopia

These students at Udassa Repi Elementary School enjoy a meal of maize and haricot beans from local farmers. This school meals programme supports education by developing schools into community centres promoting good nutrition. (Photo: WFP/Kiyori Ueno, 25 November 2013)


A little girl holding a plate with food with other children in Haiti

After the devastating earthquake in 2010, WFP scaled up support for the school meals programme of Haiti’s government. More than one million children across the country receive a daily school meal. (Photo: WFP/Anne Poulsen, October 2010)


Schoolgirls sitting in a classroom in Jordan eat WFP snacks

In April 2013, about 5,000 students were receiving WFP snacks at school each day in Jordan. The children are given their snack, usually a date bar, at about 11:30 am. These bars from WFP are fortified with vitamins and minerals. (Photo: WFP/Rein Skullerud, 15 April 2013)


Children at school stand in line to receive their meal

These kids at the Baraka Za Ibrahim Children's Centre in Nairobi line up for their daily school meal. WFP provides daily meals to about 770,000 students and Kenya, and the Ministry of Education handles meals for another 750,000. For WFP’s school meals programme globally, the United States and Canada are the largest donors. (Photo: WFP/Rein Skullerud, February 19, 2010) 


Youg students eat their school meals in Nepal

At Shree Sitaram Primary School, these young students are sitting down for their daily school meal. In Nepal, WFP provides meals to students in grades one through eight, helping improve their nutrition and access to education. (Photo: WFP/Deepesh Shrestha, June 2012)


School girls wearing black veils eat their meals while sitting outside with their notebooks in Somalia

In Somalia, WFP’s school meals are helping more girls continue in school, including these at the Abdirahman Godyare primary school. Girls have often been expected to stay home and help with chores, but the daily meals encourage families to continue sending them to class. (Photo: WFP/Laila Ali, 21 October 2013)