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[KENYA] More than 15,000 children have dropped out of school due to lack of food in Turkana. Transport hitches and shortage of funding has disrupted Turkana schools feeding programme.

Feeding programmes in the region are funded by government and donors. Education director in Turkana Nicodemus Anyang yesterday said many children have not reported to schools since the begin of the third term due to delays in distribution of relief food.

The World Food Programme has suspended distribution of relief food to schools in parts of Turkana due to inaccessibility. “We have had challenges in reaching many of the schools because of poor roads and insecurity,” said Anyang on the phone.

More than 40,000 children especially those in Early Childhood Development schools are usually supported through the ECD programmes.

School officials in South Sudan say a monthly take-home food ration from the World Food Programme (WFP) has helped to reduce the number of female students dropping out of school.

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The girls from grades 3-8 who are allowed by their parents to attend classes for at least 20 out of 22 days in a school calendar month receive a 9.9 kilograms of cereal and 3.6 kilograms of vegetable oil. The food serves as an incentive to the parents, who generally prefer to send boys to school, while girls stay home to work, help their families with cooking or are married off early in exchange for bride-price.

“We have witnessed a real increase in the number of girls that have enrolled and stayed in school since we started providing food through the (girls’) incentive,” says Lokang Augustine Okocha, the director of studies at Redeemed Generation Academy in Torit, the capital of Eastern Equatoria State.

[NIGER] The effect of food insecurity on children’s health is obvious; children, particularly those under age 5, are vulnerable to life-threatening malnutrition.
Less obvious is the devastating impact of the crisis on children’s education. When there is not enough to eat, school can quickly become an afterthought.
This is the scenario now facing countless families in the Sahel region of Africa, where a food crisis is looming. Particularly at risk are children in Mauritania, Niger, Burkina Faso, Mali, Chad and localized areas of Senegal. (via UNICEF - At a glance: Niger - Food shortages force children to drop out of school in Niger)

[NIGER] The effect of food insecurity on children’s health is obvious; children, particularly those under age 5, are vulnerable to life-threatening malnutrition.

Less obvious is the devastating impact of the crisis on children’s education. When there is not enough to eat, school can quickly become an afterthought.

This is the scenario now facing countless families in the Sahel region of Africa, where a food crisis is looming. Particularly at risk are children in Mauritania, Niger, Burkina Faso, Mali, Chad and localized areas of Senegal. (via UNICEF - At a glance: Niger - Food shortages force children to drop out of school in Niger)

Parts of Ethiopia are still reeling from the effects of recent drought, flooding, conflict or a combination of the three, resulting in increased numbers of children dropping out of school, say officials.
(via IRIN Africa | ETHIOPIA: Drought, floods hit education | Ethiopia | Children | Education | Environment)

Parts of Ethiopia are still reeling from the effects of recent drought, flooding, conflict or a combination of the three, resulting in increased numbers of children dropping out of school, say officials.

(via IRIN Africa | ETHIOPIA: Drought, floods hit education | Ethiopia | Children | Education | Environment)

Sahel Food Crisis: School Meals Needed in Chad as Hunger Deepens

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is providing school feeding in Chad as part of its response to the crisis.

These meals not only save children from hunger but also keep them in school and learning.

When a hunger crisis hits a community, children often drop out of school to help earn wages for the family. This negative coping strategy denies children education and may even put them in danger.

[ETHIOPIA] Parts of Ethiopia are still reeling from the effects of recent drought, flooding, conflict or a combination of the three, resulting in increased numbers of children dropping out of school, say officials. At least 385,000 school-children need “emergency education assistance this school year”, Alexandra Westerbeek, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) communication manager in Ethiopia, told IRIN. “In addition, 70,000 children among [the] refugee population also need emergency education assistance.”