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Government to provide school meals to over 10 million children by 2030

Education Cabinet Secretary (CS) Ezekiel Machogu says the government is committed to providing school meals to over 10 million children under the school feeding programme by the year 2030.

CS Machogu revealed this during a meeting with the Vice President Africa Region Office, The Rockefeller Foundation William Asiko who had paid him a courtesy call at his Jogoo House office.

Also present was the Principal Secretary for Basic Education, Dr Belio Kipsang, and the Chief Executive Officer of the National Council for Nomadic Education in Kenya (NACONEK), Yussuf Harun among other senior officials in the Ministry.

In a statement sent to the newsrooms, CS Machogu said the government has increased the national budget for Education from Sh2 billion to Sh5 billion to cater for vulnerable children in ASAL areas, urban informal settlements and from food insecure households in Kenya.

Mr Asiko said the foundation was committed to support the government in feeding the 4 million learners, saying it will, in partnership with other organisations, support the government in scaling up the target to 10 million learners in the next five years.

The Programme has proved to be an important strategy for reaching marginalised and vulnerable communities, and addressing education inequities.\

By Hamdi Mohamud

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