The Fed Min of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development in collaboration with NOA, organized a three (3) day train- the-trainer session on the National Home – grown School Feeding Programme (NHGSFP) for selected members of staff in Abuja. The workshop, designed to deepen understanding of the concept, governance structure and processes of NHGSFP is also intended to improve the capacity of participants to be able to effectively communicate the NHGSFP to the public and also develop the capacity of stakeholders to be able to better monitor and report their sensitization activities and their impact on the target audience.

Director General, NOA, represented by Mette Edekobi, Director, Special Duties and State Operations in her opening remarks, stated that the training for NOA staff is important as they are the focal trainers in the grassroots, who must drive home the key message of the NHGSFP. She urged participants to ensure they digest all they have been taught to make certain of exceptional performance in the task ahead. While emphasizing the preparedness and eagerness of NOA in ensuring that adequate information regarding NHGSFP gets to the populace, she cautioned against dissemination of malicious misinformation about the programme.

The NHGSFP is a government led, food based and cost effective school feeding programme intended to feed pupils in primary 1-3, including children in pre-primary school by providing one (1) free nutritious meal from locally sourced foods on each school day with a feeding cycle of twenty (20) days in a month.

The programme is designed and contextualized to meet peculiarities of each state and states are initially expected to begin the feeding of pupils in primary 4-6 before eventually taking full responsibility of feeding pupils in primary 1 – 6.

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