Madam, Magdalena Owusu Moshi, the Acting Country Director of the WFP who presented the food items to beneficiaries at the Bavum Presbyterian JHS in the Tamale metropolis yesterday stated that the package was part of efforts to promote girl-child education in the area.
She explained that WFP over the years supported governments in the implementation of take-home ration programme, which provides incentives to retain girls in school.
She said that the programme would be transformed from the provision of foodstuffs to cash for use in educating the girl-child.
Madam Moshi added the programme was a calculated strategy to help address the gender gap in enrolment among girls in JHS.
She said that the take-home ration currently being implemented in selected junior high schools in the three northern regions and some parts of Volta Region was targeted at 30,000 girls.
The country director added that the WFP was coming out with innovation in the take-home ration programme which was an inclusion of nutrition education and adolescent, sexual and reproductive health messages to influence adolescents’ eating habits in order to prepare the girls for healthy motherhood.