Bundibugyo District Council Passes Resolution to Enforce School Feeding Program

The resolution was triggered by a petition from pupils of Kasithu sub county that demanded mandatory provision of lunch to primary pupils which was handed over to the district speaker recently.

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Bundibugyo district council has passed a resolution to enforce feeding program in all schools in the district.

The resolution was passed during the council sitting on Wednesday.

The resolution was triggered by a petition from pupils of Kasithu Sub County that demanded mandatory provision of lunch to primary pupils which was handed over to the district speaker recently.

The pupils said their parents have continuously abused them by not effectively supporting their learning especially the failure to provide them with lunch meals.

Hardon Mbambu a primary seven pupil at Burambagira primary school and Doreen Kabugho from Bumbwende primary school narrated before the district leaders how access to feeding has remained a hurdle.

"My parents don’t want to know whether I am hungry or not, when I come back from school I always go to the community and look for money to eat while at school the next day,” Mbambu said. 

Bundibugyo LCV Chairperson Ronald Mutegeki supported the pupils arguing that implementation of feeding program in schools would enhance better academic performance of the district which has been grappling with poor performance for a long time.

Mutegeki also supported the need to offer lunch to primary school pupils. He said school management committees together with parents and teachers’ associations must be tasked to find modalities of how each child will get lunch.

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Florence Biira, the district female youth councillor said there is need to sensitize the community about embracing family planning methods to avoid producing children which they cannot manage to provide for.

Biira also asked farmers to grow food crops to increase food security rather than depending on cocoa and vanilla.

 “We have engaged very much in concentration of producing cash crops where we have cocoa, coffee and vanilla but we have forgotten the fact that we need to increase on food production,”  Biira said.

Bundibugyo Deputy Resident District Commissioner, Umari Muhanguzi applauded the district council for the resolution pledging full support.

Muhanguzi said it was quite unfortunate that parents in Bundibugyo who are relatively not so poor owing to the fact that most homesteads have cocoa plantations have not bothered to provide even basic needs for their children.

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Alex Tumwesigye, the headteacher welcomed the resolution. He said the feeding program had earlier started at this school but was later stopped by parents.

“We sat with parents and we discussed about feeding program, they responded positively in the first week but they started complaining that there is no money because the cocoa season has ended, and the program was stopped,” said Tumwesigye.

Tumwesigye hopes the district resolution will go a long way in redefining the mind-set of parents towards providing for their children when they are at school.