Thursday, March 14, 2024

How School Meals Made the Last Century Fairer Is Why They Are Needed Now

School meal programmes are among the few social sector initiatives that generate equally high enthusiasm from governments in both the poorest and the richest nations. Even in these times of turbulence and uncertainty, most governments are highly protective of their national school meal programmes. However, this enthusiasm is not shared by everyone. Mention school meals in low- and middle-income countries to an international development expert, and they’re likely to raise sceptical questions about whether such investments are good value for money to improve test scores. But raising test scores has rarely been the driving motivation for landmark decisions to institute or significantly scale up school feeding programmes–which has been happening since the beginning of... Read More