Draft Ghana School Feeding Operational Manual Undergoes Review

The Ghana School Feeding Programme (GSFP) with support from the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) Ghana has held a day’s Stakeholder Consultative workshop to comprehensively review the draft Operational Manual for the implementation of the programme.

The objective of the workshop was to ensure broader engagement with Regional Coordinators, Zonal Coordinators and other regional staff to solicit input to enrich the content of the Manual. It was also meant to brief participants about the GSFP revised operations manual and its implications for staff, stakeholders and strategic partners; solicit regional staff input before validation to ensure shared ownership of the manuals; stimulate participants’ commitment and support in the new direction of implementing the program with laid down procedures; and to address pertinent implementation challenges on the programme.

Speaking at the workshop, the National Coordinator of the Ghana School Feeding Programme, Mrs. Gertrude Quashigah said that her Secretariat is working hard to give school feeding a new face.

She therefore urged all the stakeholders including Regional and Zonal Coordinators to adjust to the new operational approach in order to help change the image of school feeding programme.

According to her, the roles of the Regional and Zonal Coordinators are very crucial in ensuring the smooth implementation of the school feeding programme.

Mrs. Quashigah noted that there had been several agitations from caterers and the general public about the operations of Ghana School Feeding Programme because some Coordinators at the Regional and Zonal level have not been able to thoroughly discuss and disseminate information on the programme
“It is the collective responsibility of all of us to play our roles dutifully and to make sure that the face of school feeding programme is lifted and made attractive”.

She emphasized that most of the problems of Ghana School Feeding Programme could be minimized or avoided if the Regional and Zonal Coordinators were living up to expectation.

However, Mrs. Quashigah disclosed that her outfit was in talks with the Government for the release of funds to pay caterers for their 2nd term arrears of 2021 academic year.

She noted that efforts are also being made by the current Government to procure new vehicles for the field operations and monitoring of the programme.
Mrs. Quashigah took the opportunity to commend UNICEF for their wonderful support to the programme especially in the area of technical assistance and capacity building.