School feeding gives life to the “Philip Samuel Magaia” community


Filipe Samuel Magaia is a small village in the interior of Manhiça district, 120 km from Maputo city.

Since 2012, it is the beneficiary of the School Feeding project “Food for Knowledge” implemented by ADPP Mozambique and Planet Aid in partnership with the Ministry of Education, under funding from the United States Department of Agriculture, USDA.

The School Feeding Project consists of 7 components, namely, School meals; Hygiene, Water and Sanitation; Construction; Reading and Writing Reinforcement (Literacy); School Clubs; School Gardens and farms and; Nutrition Education.

For those who visit for the first time the Complete Primary School (EPC) Filipe Samuel Magaia in the Administrative Post of Xinavane will easily be infected by the level of organization of it. But it was not always like this.

For Marta Seuane, EPC director Filipe Samuel Magaia, the contribution of the School Feeding project is immeasurable: “Our school has become more organized thanks to ADPP and its partners, today we have a water system that benefits the community, our school is fenced, we have new bathrooms, hand washing system, kitchen and warehouse everything built by the School Feeding project”.

“Pedagogically, ADPP’s School Feeding project has been helping to increase the number of students in school by distributing meals based on soya meal which at the same time stimulates school enjoyment.” Added director Marta.

For the member of the School Council, Artur Chivalanhana, the project brought the community of Filipe Samuel Magaia to life because it managed to unite the school and the community in favour of the education of the children: “Here members of the community prepare soy that serves as a snack for the students, the ladies are volunteers, they do it because they know they are contributing to the education of their children”.

“Since they started to prepare soy at school, the children no longer lack or give up, they are always punctual, because they know they are going to eat something, some do more than 6 km on foot, but the distance does not demoralize them” Underlines the Secretary of the Quarter Filipe Samuel Magaia, David Nhaquile.

“In addition to helping in the kitchen, we as a neighborhood structure mobilize the community to also support in the school garden, in the production of alternative snacks for children, such as lettuce, apples, cassava and sweet potato”. Add David Nhaquile.

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