The GPE-supported program, which ran from 2020–22, aimed to provide children with access to quality, safe and inclusive pre-primary and primary education in five regions of the country—Afar, Amhara, Oromia, Sidama and Somali.
The school feeding component was the core intervention of this program, which also focused on water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), child protection, psychological support and system strengthening.
The program was funded by a US$20 million GPE grant and was implemented by Save the Children in partnership with the Ministry of Education and Regional Education Bureaus.
The benefits of school feeding
The GPE program reached 223,301 children with meals and other interventions in 648 schools. To facilitate this, 344 kitchens were constructed in schools and equipped with up to three new energy saving stoves for large-scale cooking.
The stoves are both environmentally friendly and economical as they can potentially save up to 70% of fuel compared with the three-stone cooking fire.
Additionally, 163 dining halls were constructed in schools and basic cooking utensils including large pots, pans, whisks, cutting boards, knives and water containers along with feeding utensils for each child were distributed.