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The Impacts and Challenges of the Ghana School Feeding Programme as a Social Protection Tool

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Esmeranda Manful ,

De Montfort University, GB
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Eric Henry Yeboah,

De Montfort University, GB
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Eric Owusu Bempah

De Montfort University, GB
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Abstract

In 2005, Ghana adopted the School Feeding Programme as one of the social intervention strategies to ensure that pupils in poor communities have access to education by removing the barriers of hunger. However, only selected schools in poorer communities benefit from such meals which results in a divide of schools that are beneficiaries of the feeding programme and others that are not; this is irrespective of the fact that they are all classified as poor in the community. Using a qualitative research design, this study explored the views of teachers from six beneficiary schools and six non-beneficiary schools, in Sekyere Kumawu District in the Ashanti Region, on whether the School Feeding Programme has met its goals. Themes that emerged from the interview data suggest that the School Feeding Programme has achieved some gains for beneficiary schools but it has also resulted in inequality and injustice within the communities, especially for those pupils that attend non-beneficiary schools. The study recommends that the government should not stretch itself too thin in its implementation of the school feeding programme nationwide, but to instead focus on fewer communities to ensure that in each poor community,all State owned schools are beneficiaries or encourage civil societies and charities to complement its efforts in providing in-school meals.
How to Cite: Manful, E., Yeboah, E.H. and Bempah, E.O., 2015. The Impacts and Challenges of the Ghana School Feeding Programme as a Social Protection Tool. Journal of Critical Southern Studies, 3, pp.40–52.
Published on 01 Jan 2015.
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