Mid-day meals attract children to schools in Achham

2019-02-17

The Kathmandu Post


Feb 17, 2019- Schools in Achham have seen an increase in their students’ enrollment rate after the introduction of the mid-day meal program in the district.

Naina Singh Dhami, the headmaster of Kalika Basic School in Mangalsen Municipality-13, said students have become motivated to regularly attend classes because of the free lunch program. The lunch package includes porridge with corn or millet flour bread.

The government had introduced the program to encourage the students from poverty stricken families to attend schools. Schools in remote areas of Achham have been implementing the program for the last two academic sessions. A total of 370 schools in the remote areas of Achham were part of the program this year.  

According to the teachers in Achham, students have also shown an improvement in their learning activities after the program was introduced in the district.

Hari Khatri, a teacher at Alaknanda Secondary School in Timalsain, said the mid-day meal program has effectively decreased the number of school drop-outs. “Those children who had stopped attending school have started to return for the free meal. More and more children are accompanying their older siblings to school as well,” said Khatri.

Bidhya Sagar Mahato, unit chief of the School Mid-Day Meal Program, said their campaign has been effective in encouraging students to attend schools in the district.