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School Feeding Programme Success



Pupils taking porridge


Kamizikurize Anastase is the Director of Groupe Scolaire de Kageyo located in Kageyo Sector, Gicumbi District in the Southern Province of Rwanda. The school has both the primary and secondary section. Anastase has been at this school as a Director since 2014. During our visit at his office, it was busy period of receiving new students for the academic year 2019.

Anastase is a happy and welcoming gentleman and very positive when he talks about the School feeding Programme in his school. He started by saying, “In this school we have an integration program where we admit both refugee as well as the host community children as children growing in the same environment

He smiles while listing the benefits of the School Feeding Programme in this school. “The School Feeding programme started at this school (G.S Kageyo) in 2018. Initially it was only being implemented in Gihembe primary school in the camp. Last year (2018), the attendance of students increased from 80% in 2017 to 93%. This increase is attributed to the hotmeal (Hotmeal (Porridge)) which is given to children at 9:45am for the morning shift and 12:45pm for the afternoon shift. Due to the hotmeal (Hotmeal (Porridge)) provided at school, there are some children that would have wished not to come to school that actually come because they are sure they will have hotmeal (Hotmeal (Porridge)) which may not be available at home”.

“As a teacher it used to be demoralizing seeing pupils dozing in class due to hunger. As a result of the hotmeal (Hotmeal (Porridge)) provided through the School Feeding Programme, we no longer see those cases. The hotmeal (Hotmeal (Porridge)) provided is nutritious and our students are healthier which enables them to concentrate in class. I would also attribute the 15% increase in children’s performance (67% in 2017 – 82% in 2018) to the School Feeding Programme”.

The dropout rate has reduced significantly from 4% before ADRA started to implement the School Feeding Programme to just 1.8% in 2018! This is a great motivation to me as Director of this school. Before this program, I would meet some of my students within the community and when I asked them why they were not in school they would tell me that it not easy to study on an empty stomach.

The teachers are very happy about the School Feeding Programme because children are now more attentive in class and the rate of absenteeism is very low now. Teachers do not need to do a lot of repetition to make up of the children who were absent mostly due to hunger related issues.

When I go through the classes during hotmeal (Hotmeal (Porridge)) time, students tell me, “We love the hotmeal (Hotmeal (Porridge)) programme it gives us energy!. Some of us leave home without taking anything for breakfast but because we get hotmeal (Hotmeal (Porridge)) at school are able to concentrate fully in class and don't sleep because of hunger. We also enjoy the time for sharing the hotmeal (Hotmeal (Porridge)) together with our classmates.”.

Am grateful to ADRA Rwanda for this intervention and we are already seeing the fruits of the project in just one year.” (Sighing) “I wish more schools would be included in the programme. I wish that it may continue in my school because of its benefit to the school and the students in particular”.

The School Feeding Programme is a project funded by World Food Programme with the objective of retaining refugees’ children in school.


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WE DID IT!

 

WE DID IT! WORLDWIDE CHURCH ENLISTS ONE MILLION SIGNATURES

Adventist Church and ADRA Gain One Million Supporters for Every Child. Everywhere. In School. Education Petition; Next Steps Underway

 

SILVER SPRING, MD (July 29, 2020) – The reality that all children around the world can have access to education is one step closer after the petition for Every Child. Everywhere. In School., spearheaded by the Adventist Church and its global humanitarian arm, the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA), surpassed one million online signatures in July.

 

WATCH: Video announcement by Elder Ted Wilson, Dr. Ella Simmons, and Michael Kruger

 

"It's indeed a blessing to see our global church family and ADRA standing up together in support of millions of children who don’t have access to education around the world. Our brothers and sisters have shown that we can be a powerful voice for change when we work together. Thank you to everyone who helped us reach one million signatures and for your strong commitment to making a meaningful difference in the lives of so many children worldwide. But our work doesn’t end here. We must now become agents of change in our communities and use our voices to ensure that every child, everywhere, has access to education and can reach God’s potential for their lives as they prepare themselves and others through the power of the Holy Spirit for Jesus’ soon coming," says Ted Wilson, president of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.

 

“Adventists around the world have spoken loudly and clearly that we care deeply about assuring access to education to millions of vulnerable children so that they can learn and thrive. The commitments of our church family and ADRA united to bring awareness to this global issue speak volumes. Thank you for standing up for the rights of all children everywhere. Let us continue to increase our efforts and magnify our voices on behalf of the children who have no voice,” says Dr. Ella Simmons, ADRA board vice-chair and general vice president of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.

 

Getting It Done

Grassroots efforts for the education campaign kicked-off in October 2019 with the Adventist Church and ADRA urging support for the nearly 300 million children, adolescents and youth globally—or one in every five—who are out of school, according to a UNESCO report. This is a staggering number of children worldwide who need quality education, and live free from exploitation and intergenerational poverty. As a result, ADRA and Adventist church members in nearly 200 countries pledged their support to this issue, and momentum to get online signatures spread, including countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the South Pacific.

 

As the impact of the coronavirus grows, the importance for advocating for out-of-school children has significantly increased. Today, more families have become vulnerable due to joblessness, illness and other issues, which has affected their ability to pay for education leading to more children being out of school. In fact, there are 75 million school-aged children living in 35 crisis-affected countries who cannot get an education due to increased vulnerability, school closures and other issues as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a 2020 UNESCO report.

 

“We are facing a growing education gap, especially among vulnerable children. While one million signatures is a phenomenal milestone worth celebrating, we are only at the beginning. We are developing new global alliances with key organizations to amplify our voices. We need your ongoing support and commitment to ensure that we continue to make progress on this important issue. This is why we will be providing resources so that individuals, groups and churches, can speak up on this issue of access to education. We will also share essential details to give you a clear roadmap of what we need to advocate for. Let's join forces and take this initiative much further,” says Michael Kruger, president for the Adventist Development and Relief Agency.

 

What Comes Next?

With the achievement of one million signatures and widespread support, the next step of the global campaign is for the Adventist Church and ADRA to come together to localize this effort in individual countries. The decisions about how education is delivered and funded are not made by global leaders, but by national and state leaders.

 

To localize this effort, the campaign will focus on the following:

 

  • Define a clear ask to your government. Each country will create goals tailored specifically for their country’s education needs, and hone in on relevant education issues. Some key priorities will include: (1) Advocating for increased allocation of education funding in developing countries; (2) Increasing foreign aid assistance for education; and, (3) Improving social inclusion for marginalized children.

 

  • Communicate your ask to your national leaders. Once the ask is identified, each country will strategize how to approach policy makers and law enforcers to ensure all children have the opportunity to get an education. Key to this effort will be to communicate the campaign to the most relevant leaders and decision makers in each country. These communication pieces will need to include information about the campaign, the importance of education, what they can do to ensure every child is in school, the success of our global petition, and the tremendous grassroots support that is behind us.    

 

To support the next phase, ADRA is developing a policy report that will analyze the state of out-of-school children around the globe and the policies and actions needed to address this. In addition, ADRA is also developing a resource kit for church ministry departments, local churches, youth groups and schools to continue their involvement beyond the petition. These resources will be available for distribution in October.

 

To download “The Next Step: From Support to Action Guide” and other key resources, go HERE.

 

In addition, ADRA has started an advocacy master class to build, implement, and evaluate an advocacy strategy tailored to a country. The course is designed to help countries understand how to effectively engage their leaders to bring about change. Additionally, a resource packet, including draft letter templates, a policy report, meeting guides, and more, will be made available at ADRA.org/InSchool/Resources.

 

Further information and resources about the Every Child. Everywhere. In School. initiative can be found by visiting ADRA.org/InSchool.

 

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ABOUT EVERY CHILD EVERYWHERE IN SCHOOL

Every Child Everywhere in School is a global Adventist-led movement to ensure that every child everywhere in the world attends school, has access to free, equitable and quality primary and secondary education, and completes their education so they can fulfill their God-given potential. Learn more at ADRA.org/InSchool.

 

ABOUT THE SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST CHURCH

The Seventh-day Adventist Church is a Protestant Christian denomination which is distinguished by its observance of Saturday, the seventh day of the week in Christian and Jewish calendars, as the Sabbath, and its emphasis on the imminent Second Coming (advent) of Jesus Christ. The world church is governed by a General Conference with smaller regions administered by divisions, union conferences, and local conferences. It currently has a worldwide baptized membership of over 20 million people, and 25 million adherents. Learn more at https://www.adventist.org/

 

ABOUT ADRA

The Adventist Development and Relief Agency is the international humanitarian arm of the Seventh-day Adventist Church serving in 118 countries. Its work empowers communities and changes lives around the globe by providing sustainable community development and disaster relief. ADRA’s purpose is to serve humanity so all may live as God intended. For more information, visit ADRA.org.

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