Shafqat Mahmood, Minister of Federal Education and Professional Training launched the “School Meal Programme” to provide free lunch meals to students at government educational institutions in Islamabad.
The government has begun providing daily free lunch meals to 25,000 students from 100 schools as part of the initiative.
Dr. Muhammad Ali Shah, Vice-Chancellor of Quaid-e-Azam University, Dr. Ghulam Ali Mallah, Secretary of the IBCC, and Dr. Ikram Ali Malik, Director General of the Federal Directorate of Education, all attended the inauguration ceremony.
School meals program for 100 Public schools by Allah walay Trust ( ISO certified). BMI to be calculated before the start of the program. This program will ensure significant reduction in dropouts and improved learning. @EduMinistryPK pic.twitter.com/ospgB9apV6— Muhammed Hamza Shafqaat (@hamzashafqaat) February 23, 2022
Speaking on the occasion, Shafqat stated that the Allahwala Trust will provide free meals to students and thanked the private trust for assisting the government in this regard.
“Such institutions serve as a lighthouse for us.” “This program will be carried forward at the government level as well,” he said.
“I had a meeting with the UNICEF director and was looking forward to launching the model across the country but faced financial restrictions,” he added.
He stated that poverty is one of several reasons why many children do not attend school.
“This is the first step in providing food to primary school children, and it will soon be implemented in all primary schools across Islamabad,” he said.