This school feeding pilot started in 2009, implemented under Food for Education, a constituent component of WFP’s Afghanistan Protracted Relief Operation. The pilot design consisted of a school-centered development approach that integrated school feeding with other complementary activities to support health and nutrition, and quality education, i.e. the Essential Learning Package (ELP). This included construction of efficient and hygienic school kitchens and canteens – including repair or construction work on kitchens and food stores – by Department of Education engineers; education in health care, nutrition and community mobilization; and the provision of certain required non-food items (soap, water tanks and hand pumps) by UNICEF. Originally, WFP had planned to target 100,000 school children in 148 schools with the intervention, however, due to security
concerns, this target was revised and the final pilot included 54 schools in 15 food-insecure districts across eight provinces, targeting 46,000 children.
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