The opposition Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) has vowed to rebuild and strengthen the School Feeding Programme which it accuses the ruling United Workers Party (UWP) of destroying.
The promise came from former Agriculture Minister, Moses Jn Baptiste in a post on the SLP’s official Facebook page.
The post by the Vieux Forth North MP is reproduced below:
Can Schools Provide Nutritious Meals Daily and Help Save the Local Economy?
Yes, the successful Improved School Feeding Programme was destroyed by the UWP. We will rebuild and strengthen it.
All children who attended primary schools in Vieux Fort North benefitted from an Improved School Feeding Programme under my watch as Minister for Agriculture. A successful partnership with former Ministers Dr. Robert Lewis and Alvina Reynolds created a productive network of relationships among public and private sector agencies. The result was a model for school feeding unique to Saint Lucia which should have been funded and strengthened. Many other schools throughout Saint Lucia also benefitted from that wonderful initiative.
Yes, this was another success for the children in the constituency which I serve and I am proud of it. All schools in Vieux Fort North received assistance with” greenhouses”, kitchens were refurbished, a new eating area was built for the Belle Vue Combined School and assistance was provided for training of cooks and handlers of food.
Thanks to the generosity of the Food and Agriculture Organization, IICA , local businesses and the leadership of Miss Sunita Daniel, we developed a model of partnership among local farmers, technocrats, nutritionists and school cooks. This model demonstrated that the local food economy can be stimulated positively and parents are more inclined to take a greater interest in their children’s food preferences. The medical community was involved as various examinations were done to guide the preparation of food to meet individual student nutritional needs.
There are over twenty-seven thousand students and teachers within our school system in Saint Lucia. Just imagine the positive impacts we will have, in all areas, with the re-establishment and strengthening of that great Improved School Feeding Programme. I can’t wait!