Nepal Country Programme – 10093 by tyndale


									Nepal Country Programme – 10093.0
Activity 2. – Food for Education

UN agency                 World Food Programme Nepal

Contact Information       Country Director: Mr. Douglas Coutts
                          UN Building Pulchowk
                          Lalitpur, Kathmandu
                          Tel: (977) 1 535694

Project Description and   The strategic focus of this activity is to enable poor
Objective                 households to invest in human capital through education
                          and training with particular attention to girls. Access to and
                          participation in basic education in Nepal reveal substantial
                          variation by gender and region. The Hills District in the far
                          Western Development Region are among the most
                          undereducated, with a total primary net enrolment rate of
                          only 64 % and girl's primary net enrolment of 49,3 %.
                          WFP's assistance provides a mid-day meal consisting of
                          fortified food mix, cereals blend, sugar and vegetable oil to
                          relieve short term hunger as well as provide micronutrient
                          supplements to improve overall health status of children
                          and enable them to attend school regularly. In selected
                          districts, a take-home ration consisting of 2 litres of
                          vegetable oil per month is provided to the mothers of girls
                          in order to enable families to enroll and continue sending
                          their daughters to school.

                          The long-term objective is to increase access to basic
                          education for families in food-deficit districts with high
                          educational needs and to improve the health and nutritional
                          status of school children.

                          Immediate objectives include:

                          1) improving attendance

                          2) increasing girls' enrolment and retention

                          3) reducing afternoon absenteeism

                          4) enhancing the attention span and learning capacity of
                          students by relieving short-term hunger

                          5) reducing the intensity and prevalence of intestinal
                        parasitic infections in school children by deworming and

                        6) enhancing parents' participation in the activitiy and
                        heighten their awareness of gender issues.

Geographical Coverage   Nepal

Timeframe               January 2002 to December 2006

Implementing Partners   Government of Nepal and NGOs

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