Sao Tome and Principe is working with partners like GPE to support programs that ensure that school meals are still accessible to children who need them the most.
The World Food Programme (WFP) and UNICEF have partnered with the Ministry of Education to assist vulnerable communities to ensure that children continued to receive nutritious meals during the pandemic.
In Sao Tome and Principe, school closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic have had far reaching impact on children beyond the direct disruption of daily schooling.
Schools provide far more than just education. They offer safe social spaces, clean water and sanitation facilities and provide daily meals.
School closures left many children who rely on schools for food security in a highly vulnerable situation.
Schools shut down in March 2020 and reopened in September 2020 with help from GPE, UNICEF and WFP, and through collaboration with the government and other national actors.
To encourage children to return to school, the partners provided access to water and sanitation facilities in schools. They also developed communication materials to raise public awareness of COVID-19 involving students, parents and the community.