Tunisian school food bank to support child nutrition

Source: Xinhua| 2018-10-22 05:11:46|Editor: yan
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TUNIS, Oct. 21 (Xinhua) -- Tunisian Minister of Education Hatem Ben Salem said on Sunday that creation of a school food bank will promote school meal mechanism and improve its quality.

"Our main concern is to reach the Arab common mechanisms and instruments for the management of child nutrition," Salem said at the inauguration of the 20th Annual Global Child Nutrition Forum in Tunis with the presence of Tunisian Prime Minister Youssef Chahed and 300 participants from 50 countries.

Apart from the contribution from the government, financing of banks will be provided by the private sector and civil society, Salem said.

"With a school enrollment rate of approaching 100 percent, we are in transition from the right to education to the quality of education," Chahed told Xinhua.

"We are here to discuss child nutrition issues around the world, to promote cooperation among nations and to encourage countries to develop and improve school feeding programs that necessarily contribute to sustainable development," said Arlene Mitchell, executive director of the Global Child Nutrition Forum.

The event will be held from Oct. 21 to 25. It is organized by Global Child Nutrition Foundation and the World Food Programme Center of Excellence against Hunger in partnership with varying host countries.