EducATE - School Feeding Programme
ATE works with government schools in Lawra, Ghana, to reduce hunger and increase pupil attendance by providing free school meals. The school feeding program reaches almost 1,000 children each day, mainly in rural, hard-to-reach areas, where some families can afford as little as four meals a week
This project is vital whilst food insecurity remains high
Charity information: Action Through Enterprise (ATE)
In Lawra, most people rely on subsistence farming to survive and experience chronic food shortages for months at a time every year. Malnutrition among children is high and attendance at school is poor as children with empty stomachs cannot concentrate to learn. Nearly half of Lawra’s population has never attended school and the adult literacy rate languishes at just 19%.
Poverty and hunger create barriers to children attending school, particularly in rural areas where drop out rates are high.
The guarantee of a free school meal encourages children to come to school and stay in school rather than to go roaming for food. Reducing hunger enables children to concentrate in the classroom, to feel happier and therefore to do better in their studies.
The community express their commitment to the project by building the school kitchen. ATE then pays for the cooks salaries and the ingredients.
School feeding is having a measurable impact on attendance, retention, wellbeing and attainment.
To increase enrolment, attendance and retention for more children to complete basic education.
Activities» Provide a free school meal each school day and school supplies (exercise books, text books, writing materials) and school uniforms as needed.
What success will look like
Improvements in enrolment, attendance and reduction in drop out rates are measured through school records and registers - analysed by class and gender, before and during feeding
To reduce hunger, improve wellbeing and to increase concentration to learn for a brighter future.
Activities» Provide a free school meal each school day
What success will look like
ATE measure height, weight and BMI of each pupil, conduct surveys and interviews with children, teachers and parents, and analyse data for pass rates at the final exams.
Education is recognised as a foundation of development. Enabling children to access and complete the free basic education available to them is key to increasing their opportunities in life; to be able to support themselves and their families in the future. Over time ATE will track how many children were enabled to complete their basic education and in the longer term expect to see a measurable reduction in poverty in the communities we work with, where this project is being delivered.
One of the biggest risks to the success of the project is a breakdown in the relationship between ATE and the Ghana Education Service (GES) which enables us to work so positively in partnership with schools in Lawra. ATE mitigates these risks by investing time and effort in maintaining an effective relationship with GES and other key stakeholders in the project.
ATE will provide twice-yearly reports to donors on the impacts of the school feeding project against the project aims. These will include quantitative progress made against baseline data as well as vibrant case studies. ATE will make presentations to bring the project impacts and stories to life.
Budget - Project Cost: £40,681Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £30,287 Food ingredients To feed almost 1,000 children across 5 schools for a year £4,800 Cooks salaries For 3 cooks at each of the 5 schools for a year £305 Supervision At 5 schools, ensuring delivery is going smoothly £418 Monitoring & Evaluation At 5 schools, to measure impacts £3,500 Learning materials To support and advance learning £327 School Uniforms As may be required £644 Kitchen maintenance As may be required £400 Bank charges Money transfer costs
ATE works in partnership with the community in Lawra, a rural district, located in the the poorest region of Ghana. 83% of the population are subsistence farmers, with little or no income to supplement what they grow to eat. Incidence of poverty and food insecurity are high, creating barriers to education. Nearly half of Lawra’s population has never attended school and the adult literacy rate languishes at just 19%; far lower than Ghana's national average of 72%.
Currently almost 1,000 children benefit from ATE's school feeding programme across 5 schools in Lawra District. ATE has expanded the school feeding programme to more remote, hard-to-reach schools where the need for school feeding is greatest. As there are programmes in Ghana which focus on providing support to primary schools, ATE's focus is on children attending the upper bracket of Basic Education, in Junior High Schools, typically aged 12-14, though often older in rural areas.
ATE is one of the few charities operating in this much neglected, forgotten corner of Ghana. We have built effective relationships with the community, as well as key stakeholders, in order to reduce poverty. All of ATE's projects have developed through listening to the community, identifying needs and evaluating the challenges and successes with the community in the process. In June 2017, in recognition of our work, ATE was proudly awarded with the GUBA Best Charity of the Year Award.
Read more about the Charity running this project.
Ghana Operations Manager - co-developed and manages this project, overseas delivery of this programme and manages other supervising staff
Project Assistant - supervises delivery of the project at two schools (one very remote) as well as delivery of other ATE projects in the area/hub
Project Assistant - supervises delivery of the project at two rural schools
Based in the UK and coordinates with staff in Ghana to provide operational support, financial administration and monitoring of the project.
Poverty is complicated. Feeding hungry children is not.