With 10.5 million out-of-school children in Nigeria (UNICEF: 2017), the Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN) introduced the National Home Grown School Feeding Programme (HGSFP) to provide one hot meal every school day to pupils of public primary schools, with a view toward incentivizing school enrollment, school attendance and completion rates in the country. By sourcing the food cooked for school children from farm produce locally grown by smallholder farmers, the school feeding programme further aims to create employment and bolster the production of home-grown foods.
With support from Trust Africa, SPACES FOR CHANGE | S4C carried out an independent evaluation of the HGSFP program in Imo and Abia States in order to assess the performance of the program within states and communicate findings to support the continuous improvement of educational outcomes in the country. In order to achieve an extensive evaluation of the HGSFP, SPACES FOR CHANGE | S4C conducted an extensive review of secondary data obtained from internal and external sources. To fill the gap in the reporting and analysis of publicly-available data, the organization carried out a combination of targeted surveys, key informant interviews and focus group discussions during which 8, 315 pupils, 669 parents, 88 public primary schools in urban and rural areas, 55 head and assistant-head teachers and 43 female food vendors were engaged directly, totaling 9,082 persons across the two states.
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