The school feeding programme which was introduced by the government has initiated a positive impact on attendances by school children in drought-prone Masvingo’s Chivi District.
During the hand-over of food stuffs and stationery donated in Chivi Central constituency last week by TZU Chi Foundation, primary school heads revealed that they were now recording maximum attendance, with the provision of meals acting as the greatest incentive.
The foundation donated stationery, clothes, rice, blankets and satchels to more than 1 000 pupils at Jaka and Mhatiwa Primary schools.
Jaka Primary School head Pfuurayi Chimbunde highlighted that the donations help the school in different ways, as it compliments government’s school feeding programme, which has come as a relief to parents due to drought in the area.
“Since the school feeding programme started, we have recorded high enrolment rates and absenteeism as well as drop outs have gone down tremendously,” Chimbunde said.
Stephen Vunganai who is the headmaster for Mhatiwa Primary School said the school feeding programme has increased concentration in class and provided a safety net for vulnerable households.
TZU Chi Foundation also donated computers and school fees for the less privileged children.
TZU Chi Foundation is a Taiwan-based organisation offering charity work to vulnerable communities in various parts of the country.