"Before this project, our school was almost empty every afternoon as the children hardly came back after lunch. They left to join their parents in the plantations,” said Coulibaly Nigni Amara, Principal of Lataha 1 Primary School, Ivory Coast.
The school was recently visited by Mr. Curtis McCoy, Program Manager for Ivory Coast at the Foreign Agriculture Service (FAS), USDA in his monitoring mission to the program "Integrated Support for Sustainable School Canteens and Early Grade Reading" funded by USDA - McGovern-Dole (2016-2020). Led by The World Food Program (WFP) and implemented by AVSI and partners, the program will contribute in the next five year to the sustainability of school canteens in 613 schools in seven regions in Ivory Coast.
“The most interesting is that with the intervention of AVSI, our school is now equipped with a lot of new tools. Teachers are happy to work in this new context. We can also count on our cooperatives who are ready to supply the canteens with their food products, " complemented Amara.
The purpose of Mr. McCoy’s mission was to ensure that the program is running smoothly in the targeted schools. Concretely, it was a question of knowing the level and the quality of the interventions already carried out by the Ministry of the National Education. Community participation was also of major interest namely how the communities and the teachers integrate the program, in order to promote the sustainability of school canteens.
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