To allow children living in remote areas to have access to education, UNICEF has initiated discussions with authorities to support the opening of schools in sub communal sections that have no public schools or no schools at all. UNICEF is well aware that access to education also includes developing a well-managed school network that offers quality teaching to students. The agency is supporting teacher’s training and the strengthening of basic academic teachings especially during the first years of schooling.
At the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year, UNICEF and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) are renewing their commitment to support the country’s efforts in the field of education.
UNICEF has started the distribution of school kits to 750,000 children and 15,000 teachers in the country. In total, 2,500 schools will be supported by UNICEF, which is injecting close to $10 million in this operation.
This year, the National School Meals Program (PNCS), WFP and their partners will provide hot meals daily to 1,9 million children, of which 1.1 million are provided by WFP. ” School canteens are a simple and efficient way to ensure that children receive at least one nutritious meal everyday and to encourage them to attend school,” said Patricia Dominique J. Martin, the Coordinator of the PNCS.