K&TRC steps-down training aimed at building the capacity of NGOs/CSOs on monitoring the NHGSFP with a view to improve the programme. The one-day training which took place on Wednesday July 20, 2022 had CSOs working in the 18 LGAs of the State in attendance and representatives of line Ministries.
The Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development through Kids & Teens Resource Centre (K&TRC) has trained no fewer than 25 persons selected from non-governmental organisations and civil society organisations to monitor the National Home-Grown School Feeding programme (NHGSFP) in Ondo state.
The Program Manager of Kids & Teens Resource Centre (K&TRC), Mrs. Abereowo, started the training by welcoming the participants. Furthermore, she noted that the objective of the programme was not to witch-hunt any player in the programme. Rather, to highlight the roles of NGOs/CSOs and strategize for effective service delivery. K&TRC’s Executive Director, Mrs. Folashade in her opening remarks, explained that the NHGSFP is a sustainable school feeding programme that will establish a safety net for the poor and reduce the incidence of malnutrition in school age children (including pre-primary school children).
Activities on Training
Mrs. Folashade, in her presentation explained that the scope of the programme is to employ Small Holder Farmer (SHF) to provide indigenous food items for nutritious consumption by school age children. CSOs are to structure the food time table to ensure nutritional and balance diet. Also, monitor the preparation of food by vendors; and evaluate the quality and quantity of the food consumed by school age children.
While aiming to improve health outcomes and nutrition status of children in both public and private schools. In addition, the NHGSFP aim to improve educational outcome, encourage enrollment, retention of school age children (including ECE grade), discourage dropping out and ensuring completion of basic primary school education. Thirdly stimulation of local production and consumption of agricultural produce in the community, local government, and the state through the school feeding programme. Lastly, create jobs and economic opportunities along the value chain of the programme thus improving family and state economy.
Later on, Mrs. Abereowo initiated the focus group discussion (FGD) by sharing participants into groups, to collectively brainstorm on identifying the roles of NGOs/CSOs.
Participants identified and discussed on strategies for engaging relevant stakeholders, pinpointing reporting channels and how to strengthen them. Thereafter, group representatives presented the ideas for collective reviews and contributions.
Moreover, K&TRC’s Executive Director briefly acquainted the participants with the Monitoring and Evaluating tools that would be used during implementation. She questioned the participants on why they needed to monitor and evaluate in every phase of the programme. Participants gave appropriate responses such as “to ensure that goals and objectives of the program are achieved”, “as a means of verification”.
At the end of the training on monitoring the NHGSFP, K&TRC was able to enlightened CSOs/NGOs about the NHGSFP on their roles in the programme. Also, strategies to put in place while playing their roles. In addition, experienced participants gave recommendations, to make mention, Mrs. Adeniyi Tola, representative of the Ministry of Education solicited that the participants work with State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) to acquire precise data and information.