Feature

UN Providing School Meals for 24,000 Egyptian Children

UN Providing School Meals for 24,000 Egyptian Children

Roughly 24,000 children have been given school lunches under the UN's programme, introduced in April
Roughly 24,000 children have been given school lunches under the UN’s programme, introduced in April

UN and European Union (EU) officials have stated that around 24,000 Egyptian children have received school meals and rations for their families under the UN World Food Programme (WFP).

The WFP is intended to support youngsters in the poorest areas. By providing them with basic sustenance, it is hoped that they will be prevented from having to drop out of school and work.

The World Food Programme also provides rice and cooking oil for families of students with over 80 percent attendance
The World Food Programme also provides rice and cooking oil for families of students with over 80 percent attendance

The $67.5 million food distribution scheme, which was introduced in April, will target 100,000 children from 651 schools in the most deprived areas of Egypt.

Along with free school meals, children who maintain an 80 percent school attendance rate will be given a monthly food ration including 10kg of rice and one litre of cooking oil for their families.

According to the World Bank, more than a quarter of Egypt’s population live below the poverty line.

The head of the EU delegation to Egypt, Ambassador James Moran said the initiative is “designed to tackle some of the most critical issues affecting Egypt’s poorest children: undernutrition, access to quality primary education and child labour.”

According to the children’s charity UNICEF, up to 15 percent of children in Egypt are forced into the work by poverty and other social problems.

What I Learned About Egypt From A Car Crash
Egypt’s First Free Breast Cancer Hospital Launches #PinkRamadan Campaign

Subscribe to our newsletter


Feature
@daliaeldaba

Dalia is an Egyptian writer and journalist. Currently, she is particularly interested in raising awareness about the historical and current labour and feminist movements in the Arab world.

More in Feature

Behind the scenes of the filming

Redefine Ability: An Egyptian Campaign Changing How We View Ability

Mohamed KhairatJanuary 11, 2017
fit

How Has the Floating of the Egyptian Pound Impacted Egypt’s Real Estate Market?

Egyptian StreetsJanuary 4, 2017
direxiona

Direxiona: Egypt’s First Driving Platform for Women

Nouran AllamDecember 27, 2016
mentalhealth

Are Psychiatric Hospitals in Egypt Hurting Mental Health Care?

Mustafa Z MirzaDecember 13, 2016
victimscairocathedral

Remembering the Victims of the Cairo Cathedral Terror Attack

Egyptian StreetsDecember 12, 2016
01ea6fda4ec705de1f0d8307df4aad284af86e9fad1a6e2ae0a0f14630297bf5

Meet the Company Redefining Egypt’s Health Insurance Market

Enas El MasryDecember 4, 2016
13920532_1736726203248967_2577116043429050990_o

Making #HerStory Matter: Promoting Gender Equality on Arabic Wikipedia

Egyptian StreetsNovember 27, 2016
ahmed saied

‘We Made Chess Out of Soap’: Exclusive Interview with Released Political Prisoner Ahmed Saied

Aya NaderNovember 23, 2016
Egyptian Streets is an independent, young, and grass roots news media organization aimed at providing readers with an alternate depiction of events that occur on Egyptian and Middle Eastern streets, and to establish an engaging social platform for readers to discover and discuss the various issues that impact the region.

© 2016 ES Media UG. All Rights Reserved.