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Cambodia’s Education Minister Tours WFP-Managed School Feeding Projects

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PHNOM PENH – H.E. Hang Chuon Naron, Cambodia’s Minister of Education, Youth and Sport, has visited schools supported by WFP school feeding programmes in Kampong Cham and Kampon Thom provinces. He was accompanied by WFP Country Director and Representative Gianpietro Bordignon, and United States Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Jeff Daigle.

The delegation saw food being distributed and prepared in Bun Rany Hun Sen Khum Kor Primary School in Kampong Cham province and at In Komar and San Kor primary school in Kampong Thom province. Students enjoyed a nutritious meal of rice, yellow split peas, fortified oil, salt and canned fish, mixed with vegetables from the school garden. Afterwards, the delegation visited the homes of people supported through food and cash scholarship programmes.
 
With assistance from the Cambodian government and the United States, WFP’s school meals programmes support about 400,000 children in Cambodia every year with hot meals, take-home rations and cash scholarships. The programme aims to keep students in school and improve their educational performance.
 
The government provides 2,000 metric tons of rice to WFP operations every year and has agreed to work closely with WFP to establish a national school feeding programme.
 
“The Royal Government of Cambodia’s partnership with WFP demonstrates a commitment to improve the food security and education of children,” said Hang. “This could serve as a model for other governments looking for ways to support their citizens’ needs,” he added.
 
WFP Cambodia’s largest donor is the US Government, through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Mc Govern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition Program. Since 2001, USDA McGovern-Dole has contributed approximately US$46 million to WFP school feeding and nutrition activities in Cambodia.
 
“Breakfast is the most important meal of the day,” said Daigle. “Providing these children with a proper meal to start the day will help ensure they are healthy and well-educated.”
 
WFP’s Gianpietro Bordignon expressed gratitude to Cambodia and the United States for their continued support. “The Royal Government of Cambodia, the US Government and WFP share a commitment to foster a healthy start in life for Cambodian children,” he said. “Ultimately, we hope Cambodia will build a sustainable, nationally-run school feeding programme.”

 
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For more information please contact:
 
Mr. Jin Iwata, Donor Relations and Communications Officer, WFP Cambodia
Tel. +855 012 812 040 (email address: jin.iwata@wfp.org)
Mr. Chan Sophea, Director of Primary Education Department, Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport                                                                                             Tel: +855 012 211 336 (email address:sophea9913@yahoo.com)