In-School Breakfast Programme launched at Deben Primary School

By Drum Digital
14 September 2015

The Department of Basic Education, the Tiger Brands Foundation and Sishen Solar Facility celebrated the launch of the in-school feeding breakfast programme in Northern Cape Province on 04 September 2015.

The Department of Basic Education, the Tiger Brands Foundation and Sishen Solar Facility celebrated the launch of the in-school feeding breakfast programme in Northern Cape Province on 04 September 2015.

Deben Primary School was established by mining companies operating in the area who responded to a request by Nelson Mandela to build a primary school in the area. He had identified the need during a visit to Kathu in the late 90's. Madiba returned in 2002 to officially open Deben Primary School.

Poor nutrition in young children has been identified as a key challenge to both education and health outcomes in the Gamagara area, with many learners arriving at schools without having had breakfast and the one meal received as part of the National School Nutrition Programme at times being the only meal received each day.

Sishen Solar Facility’s partnership with the Tiger Brands Foundation’s In School Feeding Programme hopes to materially change this dynamic through making it possible for learners at Deben Primary School to receive a nutritious breakfast every school day.

“We are confident that this will improve the children’s learning experience and ensure that a strong foundation is laid for them to further their studies at the next level” says Mitesh Pema, General Manager of the Sishen Solar Facility.

The School Breakfast Programme was initially established in 2010, as an initiative between the Tiger Brands Foundation and the Department of Basic Education, to supplement the lunch provided by the Department. “The programme operates in 64 schools, across nine provinces, and serves breakfast daily to around 43 000 learners. At present, there are 229 food handlers employed at the schools. The Tiger Brands Foundation, together with the National Schools Feeding Programme, pays a stipend for parents from within the school communities to prepare, cook and serve the daily breakfast and government lunch. In addition, the food handlers are educated around food storage, hygiene and preparation, as well as supplied with aprons and hats” Says Dr. Miriam Altman Chairperson the Tiger Brands Foundation.

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In addition to providing meals to students, the Tiger Brands Foundation has installed kitchens in schools throughout Gauteng, Kwazulu Natal, the Western Cape, Mpumalanga, Limpopo, Free State and Recently The Northern Cape. These kitchens provide a more efficient and hygienic means of preparing food for learners.

“In our rapidly changing world, in which our public services need to meet t he rising expectations of their customers and the wider community, and in which government increasingly have to compete in fast moving commercial markets, the best way to deliver objectives is often through some combination of the public and private sectors,” says Minister Angie Motshekga.

“We are more than just grateful but highly indebted to the men and women who conceptualised, planned and launched this programme. We also thank those who on daily basis manage it, thus ensuring its continued success. We could not have done it alone as Government,’ Motsjekga said.

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