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"I'm A Product Of School Meals," Lesotho Minister Says

When she was a child, Lesotho’s education minister was herself a beneficiary of the school meals programme at her local school. Now that she’s part of her country’s government,  she’s doing all she can to ensure that kids in her country get the same advantage.

GENEVA -- Dr. ‘Mamphono Khaketla, Lesotho's Minister of Education, believes it is crucial for children in her country to receive nutritious school meals to support their education. After walking 3-5km to school, students must be “energized in order to learn,” Khaketla said on the sidelines of a meeting in Geneva. Some 1,500 schools in Lesotho have school meals and a portion of those meals are provided by WFP. “I’m a good example of what school meals can achieve," the minister says.