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Global Communities Tanzania Partners with USDA to Boost Literacy Rates through School Feeding Program
Published 11/22/2022 by Global Communities
Earlier this month, Global Communities Tanzania launched Pamoja Tuwalishe (Together, Let’s Feed Them), the next phase of its U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)-funded McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition Program.
This USDA investment builds on the successful 10-year partnership between the Government of Tanzania, the United States Government and Global Communities. In this phase of the program, Global Communities will coordinate activities that will benefit more than 355,000 Tanzanian school children, families, teachers, farmers and community members by improving literacy through school feeding.
“By combining our efforts and expertise we can continue to help the next generation of Tanzanian leaders to reach their maximum potential.”Nick Ford, Program Director, Global Communities Tanzania
Jewel Bronaugh, USDA deputy secretary officiated the launch of the program together with Tanzania’s Minister of Education Science and Technology and Minister of Agriculture.
Deputy Secretary Bronaugh said the program will boost learning outcomes for participating students and open greater opportunities for them.
“The value of the McGovern-Dole school feeding program in Tanzania and USDA’s enthusiasm for it cannot be understated,” Bronaugh said. “USDA has been providing technical, financial, and in-kind assistance for school meals and education programs in Tanzania since 2010. We are pleased to provide this timely assistance and to continue this important collaboration.”
At the launch, Nick Ford, Global Communities Program Director in Tanzania celebrated the USDA-Global Communities partnership.
“We can rejoice in what has been achieved in the past 10 years and celebrate the amazing opportunity we have in the future,” he said. “By combining our efforts and expertise we can continue to help the next generation of Tanzanian leaders to reach their maximum potential. This partnership between the Government of Tanzania, the United States Government and Global Communities can create a sustained impact for the overall education outcomes of primary school students.”
About USDA’s McGovern-Dole Program:
The McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition project in Tanzania is an integrated school feeding program funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and implemented in close collaboration with the Government of Tanzania and many communities in the Mara Region. Since 2010, the USDA has provided more than $67 million to schools in Mara Region to improve student nutrition, literacy, sanitation and school attendance. It has benefited over 200,000 students at 231 primary schools through an integrated package of interventions to improve students’ literacy outcomes, enhance their overall educational performance and improve students’ health and nutrition practices. Learn more.