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Snack Time For The Children Of Syrian Refugees

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Through WFP’s school feeding programme, students in Zaatari schools receive a mid-day snack to give them the boost of energy they need to concentrate and actively participate in school

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The mid-day snack consists of a fortified date bar enriched with 11 vitamins and 3 minerals. WFP’s partner, Save the Children, helps transport, package, store and distribute the date bars.

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On the day when the date bars were first given out, we met six-year-old Roaa who says she wants to teach English when she grows up.

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In addition to providing nourishment, school meals give children like these another reason to come to school. Following the introduction of school feeding at the Zaatari camp for refugees, school attendance increased significantly.

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Teachers at the Zaatari camp schools in Jordan say that their students’ ability to concentrate has improved since school feeding programme started.

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In Jordan, more than 6,000 children are now receiving a mid-day nutritious snack in the two UNICEF-run schools in Zaatari refugee camp. WFP plans to increase the number to 30,000 children in coming months.

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“Many Syrian children have already gone through an incredible ordeal -- losing family members, crossing borders and living as refugees in neighbouring countries -- and they need to be back in school,” says Muhannad Hadi, WFP’s Regional Emergency Coordinator for the Syria crisis.

Over a million people have fled the conflict in Syria, many of them taking refuge in camps such as Zaatari in Jordan. In a bid to help refugee children regain a sense of normality, Zaatari camp authorities have set up schools. WFP is supporting this programme by providing the children with food when they come to class.