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Free milk programme for primary schools launched

The Ministries of Education and Health, in partnership with the Brookside Fresh Dairy, have launched the free milk programme for primary schools.

Speaking at the Moi Educational Centre during the official launch of the programme, Education Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed said the programme will target 350 primary schools in Nairobi and its environs.

Through the partnership, 200,000 pupils will benefit with Brookside set to spend Sh 12 million if they have to feed the students daily.

The CS said, the programme will help in reducing the increased number of malnutrition among children.

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“This programme will encourage young children to eat foods that will feed their brains, to assist with boosting memory, having a sharper mind and the general feeling of good mental health,” she said.

Ms Mohamed further said, research has found out that children who take balanced diet are mostly likely to be in school more frequently than those who lack sufficient food.

“Health eating and ensuring a child is eating balanced diet helps to keep more children in school,” she said.

Through, the programme the ministry of education is seeking to guarantee the right for education for every child. Further, Ms Mohamed said the Ministry has instituted health lessons in schools.

The free milk programme is similar to the one introduced in schools in the 1980s by retired President Daniel Moi fully funded by the government.