Education Enhancement Intervention for Food Insecure Students, (EDUFOOD) is a program that seeks to improve the nutritional status and health of food insecure students. It is also geared towards increasing school attendance, reducing dropout rates and increasing the children’s ability to concentrate and comprehend in class. This program will also benefit the children’s care-givers/families by enabling them save money meant for the children’s school feeding. It seeks to ensure that the target beneficiaries have access to sufficient food and nutrient intake for physical growth, cognitive development, and general wellbeing.
The Vision: To solve the problem of hunger leading to malnutrition and poor education attainment in Low-cost private schools situated in low-income communities in Lagos state.
The Mission: To provide nutritious meals during school hours to food insecure children in low-cost private primary and secondary schools in low-income communities situated in Lagos state.
- Food insecure primary children in low-cost private schools.
- Undernourished children in low-cost private schools.
EDUFOOD Goals and Objectives are:
Goal 1: To reduce food insecurity levels among school children.
Objective: To ensure constant supply of food items to food insecure school children.
Goal 2: To prevent and correct malnutrition problems among school children.
Objectives: – To provide nutritious meals to food insecure school children.
– To increase school and community involvement in nutrition education activities.
Goal 3: To increase school attendance in the communities.
Objectives: – To increase enrollment of the girl child into schools.
– To reduce absenteeism and dropout rates of school children due to hunger.
Goal 4: To Increase school children’s cognitive development, concentration and assimilation in class.
Goal 5: To relieve parents/caregivers of school food expenses which helps them save money.
Goal 6: To stimulate local agricultural production and boost the income of farmers by creating viable and ready market via the school feeding program. are;
At the end of this program, we will achieve the following:
- School children will have access to good and quality food.
- Increase in school enrollment and attendance.
- To increase the cognitive development, concentration and assimilation of food insecure children in class.
- Parents and caregivers of these children will save money meant for the children’s school meal and use it for other expense in the home.
- End malnutrition among school children by providing nutritious meals to them.
- The Lagos Food Bank has identified and visited 20 low-cost private schools (primary and secondary schools) in Lagos state. We have enrolled over 600 children into the EDUFOOD Program database.
FOR PARTNERSHP ON OUR EDUFOOD PROGRAM, SEE THE APPROXIMATED COST TO FEED A CHILD PER MEAL, WEEKLY AND MONTHLY BELOW.
We serve three different meals to the children; the cost of each are;
- Cereal + milk + fruits + water + logistics – ₦354.27
- Bread + egg + Beverage + water + logistics – ₦378.9
- Garnished jollof-rice + fish + water + logistics – ₦388.9
- Cost to feed a child per day is – ₦374.02
- Cost to feed a child per week is – ₦1,122.07
- Cost to feed a child per month is – ₦4,488.28
- Customized food flask (one off cost) – ₦1,200
MONITORING AND EVALUATION
We have designed indicators to assess the EDUFOOD program activities and also measure the effectiveness of the program.
1. Academic performance: Academic performance is the measurement of student achievement across various academic subjects. For our EDUFOOD program, teachers measure achievement using classroom performance, graduation rates and results from assessment tests for each student.
We then ask the teachers for these results and collate them at the beginning of the enrollment of a school and at the end of each term. Results are then compared to determine changes (increase or decrease) in academic performance of individual school children.
2. General enrollment rate: This is used to assess the rate at which students are enrolled into EDUFOOD schools. We calculate enrollment rate monthly and then compares is done between the present month and
previous months to know how often new students are enrolled into schools due to the free lunch from EDUFOOD program. Enrolment rate is calculated by dividing the number of new students enrolled in a school (in a
month) by the total student population of the school.
3. Girl child enrollment rate: This is used to assess the rate at which female students are enrolled into EDUFOOD schools. This is specifically done to encourage gender equality because female children are more likely to stay
back at home than a boy child, if parents are not economically secured. Girl child enrollment rate is done at the end of each term (3 months) and this is compared with the initial number of girls in class. Also the number of new students enrolled (girls versus boys) is tracked.
4. Attendance rate: This is used to assess the percentage of a school’s overall student population that are physically present in school on any given day. This helps us to track student’s level of school
attendance/absenteeism. For EDUFOOD, attendance percentage (on a weekly basis) is calculated using the following formula (Number of students present) divided by (total number of students in school) multiplied by 100 equals the weekly attendance percentage. To get the monthly attendance percentage, we average the weekly percentages to get the monthly percentage. (Sum of all the weekly percentages) divided by (Number of weeks school feeding occurred for the month) equals the monthly attendance percentage.
5. Family economy improvement through interview with parents: We do this to assess the possible effect the EDUFOOD program can have on individual children and their family economy. This is usually assessed through interview with parents/caregivers. PTA meetings are arranged with the school head and parents are informed of our plan to interact and interview them.
6. Anthropometric assessment for nutritional status: This is a series of quantitative measurements of the muscle, bone and adipose tissue used to assess the composition of the body. The core elements of anthropometry used for EDUFOOD are weight, height/length and body mass index (BMI). We assess the children to determine their