Ministry of Education, Guyana

National School Feeding Programme

Background

The Government of Guyana commenced its National School Feeding Programme in February, 2010. The Ministry of Education receives support from the Ministry of Local Government and other stakeholders to ensure that this policy initiative of the government is successfully implemented.

The National School Feeding Programme targets All Nursery Schools and All Primary Schools in Grades 1 and 2. The School Feeding Programme was implemented in Regions 1, 2,3,4,5,6,10 and Georgetown. (Regions 7, 8 and 9 are targeted separately). The Programme consists of biscuits and juices, both locally made.

All schools are required to observe the following Regulatory framework.

Operations

  • Head teachers are responsible for the coordination of the programme in their respective schools.
  • A school report register must be in place at every school.
  • Inspection Visits by Ministry Officials will occur.
  • Snack break must be effected in the morning sessions and be consistent with normal 'break' in the respective schools' timetables.
  • Under no circumstance must these items be offered for sale or have parents make any monetary contribution.

Feeding Programme

  • All targeted schools will issue seven (7) units of biscuits and one (1) unit of Topco juice to each child.
  • There shall be no discrimination under any circumstance.
  • Storage of stocks should be done in an area free from rodents, insects and possible contamination.

Distribution Logistics

  • Distribution will occur on a termly or monthly basis where possible. In this regard a network system is being developed to distribute the snacks from central points in Regions 2, 4, 6 and 10.
  • Economy of time, cost effectiveness and best practices would be central to the distribution system; accordingly the used land and river transport ought to be coordinated for uplifting and delivery of the snacks.
  • The sole distributors are Banks DIH Limited and Demerara Distillers Limited for the biscuits and juices respectively.
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