UN World Food Programme

9 Countries Where Students Are Happy They Went To School Today

In 2013, WFP reached nearly 20 million children, like these girls in Nepal, with daily school meals. (Photo: WFP/Deepesh Shrestha)
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.


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)


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)


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)


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)


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)


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)


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) 


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)


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)