Considered a powerful tool to promote enrollment and attendance and improved learning ability, food is now being used in Senegal as a way to pursue the goal of quality education for all by 2015.
In recent meetings of high-level officials in Senegal, it is recognized that children cannot succeed in the difficult context of poverty if they don’t have basic food and nutrition.
Indeed, a hungry child and walking long distances to come to school is inattentive in class or unmotivated to continue schooling. He did not same chances of success as well-nourished children.
Moreover, the deficiencies caused by under-nutrition and malnutrition force many children and their families in a downward spiral towards poverty, a cycle that continues generation to generation.
The establishment of the Division of School Feeding in May 2009 and the development of a Policy Paper on School Feeding in April 2010 were the first efforts to implement a national school feeding program.