U.S., Tanzania Partner to Boost Literacy Rates Through School Feeding Program
DAR ES SALAAM, TANZANIA — The Tanzanian and United States governments today launched Pamoja Tuwalishe (“Together Let’s Feed Them”), and education & nutrition program that will benefit more than 355,000 Tanzanian school children, families, teachers, farmers and community members by improving literacy through school feeding.
The project was officially launched during a ceremony at Julius Nyerere International Conference Center in Dar attended by the Deputy Minister of Agriculture Anthony Mavunde and Deputy Vice Chancellor, University of Dar es Salaam Prof. Bonaventure Rutinwa, representing the Ministry of Education. The U.S. was represented by visiting Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Jewel Bronaugh, as well as U.S. Embassy Charge d’Affaires Robert Raines.
Speaking during the launch, Deputy Secretary Bronaugh said the program will boost learning outcomes for participating students and thereby open up greater opportunities for them.
“The value of the McGovern-Dole school feeding program in Tanzania and USDA’s enthusiasm for it cannot be understated. 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,” Bronaugh said.
The Pamoja Tuwalishe project will be implemented by Global Communities (formerly Project Concern International), in partnership with the Government of Tanzania. It is part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition 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. More information about the USDA McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition Program at https://fas.usda.gov/programs/mcgovern-dole-food-education-program.