Over 1.5 Million African Pupils Go to School Hungry - UN

Africa’s future generation is being short-changed by a shortage of funding to provide nutritional school meals, says the UN.

In a Monday news release the UN World Food Programme (WFP) said that more than 1.5 million children across West and Central Africa risked going to school hungry or dropping out altogether as the 2018-2019 year kicked off.

“School meals are one of the best investments the international community can make to ensure a headstart for young children in some of the world's poorest countries,” said Abdou Dieng, West and Central Africa Regional Director of the WFP.

In many areas of the region, WFP is the sole or main provider of school meals.

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