As part of the “Good Food for Cities” programme, the NGO RIKOLTO has partnered with the Daniel Brottier school in Thiès (70 km from Dakar). A participatory and awareness meeting was organized inside the school, which receives no less than 1,200 students. Afrik.com went to meet the school’s principal, Pierre Khar Tyne, who goes back in detail to the projects initiated to improve the management of pupils’ food.
School food is still an inconvenience for parents, of course, but also for school administrators, especially when schools have canteens. In order to find a solution to this problem, the Daniel Brottier School and RIKOLTO decided to work together in order to place the children in ideal feeding conditions. This, through Good Food for Cities, a program to provide cities with healthy, nutritious and sustainable products. And it is the supply that comes from the producers, but also from the local grain processors women.
Proper management of child labor framework
RIKOLTO has a school education project that says: “Healthy environment, disciplined students of a standard school.” In this context, the NGO supports us in providing students with healthy food. We receive 1,272 students, which is a lot. And whoever says the large workforce says huge responsibilities, and we are aware of that. My pedagogical team, the staff of the school, in concert with the Department of Catholic Education, tries every day to meet the challenge of healthy management of the children’s environment. Today, it is a godsend for Daniel Brotier, the Catholic private school in general, to see an NGO like RIKOLTO come to support us, especially in the school canteen. An important aspect is that when we take care of the education of large numbers of children, we give them healthy food,” Pierre Khar Tyne rejoices.
Training of actors has begun for this purpose. It was also praised by Pierre Khar Tyne. “The school’s canteen managers and duty vendors have benefited from training to enable them to have the tools to better manage children’s food so that it is healthy. Daniel Brottier in Thiès and Hyacinthe Thiandoum in Dakar are the two test schools. A concession that has been offered to us, which makes me say we have no scope This explains the involvement of the entire educational community, staff, parents of students, school government, saleswomen and chefs in order to achieve better coordination of actions, ”continued Mr. Tain.
Follow good eating habits
“I think that having a vegetable garden in the school, thanks to RIKOLTO’s support, is a contribution that takes on a multidimensional aspect. Both at the level of teaching and learning. Already when we start weeding, these will be lessons. Likewise, when it comes to making plans where engineering will intervene, with The different shapes. Then we will have the watering, since it will be about teaching the children how to take care of the plant. So almost all the lessons will take place in the vegetable garden. So it is fortunate that RIKOLTO comes to invest in Daniel Brottier’s vegetable garden “, the manager concluded.
For her part, Anne-Catherine Kane, Director of the Good Food for Cities Programme, noted that “the NGO started with school canteens, with the aim of urging stakeholders to adopt good eating habits: school staff, children, vendors and managers of canteens”. We must ensure that everything children consume is healthy with local products and local juices…”. The aim of this project, according to Anne-Catherine Keene, is to ensure that every Senegalese citizen has access to healthy, nutritious and sustainable food based on healthy products. She sums up “we We’re talking about agroecology, which is farming that uses agricultural fertilizers, where producers adopt good farming practices.”
The overall goal of cooperation
Encouraging healthy eating at school
Promote inclusive business models to improve Daniel Brotier students’ access to healthy, nutritious and sustainably produced foods
– Encouraging defining a healthy food policy in Teis schools
The expected results of the collaboration
Outcome 1: Educating the Daniel Brottier School community on the importance of healthy food produced in a sustainable manner.
Outcome 2: School feeding is improved and provision of health products is more inclusive for small producers, vulnerable citizens, youth and women.
Outcome 3: An enabling policy and an enabling environment at the local level, promoting healthy, sustainable and nutritious food in the city of Thies.
- Based on a participatory and comprehensive approach to achieve the overall goal and expected results. The two parties jointly decided to assign and implement the following roles:
The role of the Daniel Brotier School in implementing the strategy
- Jointly develop, implement, monitor and evaluate project activities as outlined in work plans in an efficient and effective manner;
- Deploy appropriate and qualified personnel to carry out assigned roles.
- Ensure efficient and effective use of resources (financial and physical) provided by RIKOLTO, in accordance with local laws and regulations of RIKOLTO and donor organizations providing funds.
- Compliance with RIKOLTO’s processes of impact monitoring, financial control and reporting, in accordance with the terms stipulated in the annual financing contract and in relation to defined and approved work plans
- Seek additional funding to expand the evidence and successful experiences.
- Enable the implementation of specific jointly planned activities in an effective and efficient manner. This means, among other things, ensuring follow-up and technical and financial support that allows the activities undertaken to be carried out, in accordance with the budget allocated within the cooperation framework.
- Deploy qualified and qualified staff (domestic and/or international) to participate in the implementation of activities and support and supervise the Daniel Protier School so that it can fulfill its role. In the event that a particular service is required to build the capacity of the school, and such service is outside the scope and expertise of what RIKOLTO and its employees can provide, RIKOLTO may engage and fund an outside part (service provider or consultant).
- Providing resources (financial and material) to Ecole Daniel Brottier so that it can fully play its role.
- Look for additional funds to expand or extend the interventions planned under the agreement
- The roles of both parties are subject to an annual strategic review conducted jointly with all implementing partners of the program to ensure that they remain current and realistic, in light of the changing context.
- Both parties are committed to working together in harmony and building mutual capabilities through regular dialogue, knowledge sharing, and engaging in common learning paths.
- Ecole Daniel Brottier agrees to contribute evidence and lessons learned from interventions covered by this agreement to international platforms and networks based on international advocacy and scaling.
- The term of the agreement is scheduled to be 5 years, covering the period 2022-2026
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