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MINISTRY FINANCE AND ECONOMIC PLANNING
Under the NEPAD School Feeding Programme, the project document has spelt out the financial
contributions to the Budget as follows:
Funding Agency % Of Total Programme Cost
1. Government of Ghana (GoG) - 50%
2. Development Partners and Others - 50%
Due to the above funding arrangement and the obligation and responsibility of the Government of Ghana (GoG), the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning has to make budgetary allocation yearly and ensure the release and disbursement of funds for the programme.
Controller and Accountant-General
The Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning will advise the Controller and Accountant-General to open an Operating Account in the name of SCHOOL FEEDING PROGRAMME under the guidance of an Accountant seconded to the programme by the Controller and Accountant-General.
In addition, a Special Account is to be opened at the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning and a separate BUDGET LINE:- GHANA-NEPAD SCHOOL FEEDING PROGRAMME under the General Budget of the Ministry of Regional Cooperation and NEPAD for 2006 and subsequent years.
Inflows and Outflows
All funds for the programme (INFLOWS) both domestic and foreign will be lodged into the Special Account at the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning. Funds released by the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning (Ministry’s Treasury) through the Controller and Accountant General’s Department will be deposited into the Programmes Account with the Bank of Ghana or any other Bank as the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning will authorize.
Disbursements (Outflows) will be made by issuance of cheques or Banker’s Draft to the various District Chief Executives who will deposit such cheques or drafts into Bank Accounts in the name of NEPAD SCHOOL FEEDING PROGRAMME.
The Accounts will be operated by two nominated persons from amongst the members of the District Implementation Committee.
MINISTRY OF EDUCATION AND SPORTS
Ghana’s education policy is to ensure education for all as enshrined in the country’s 1992 constitution. More importantly, education for all has a direct positive impact on the socio-economic
development of the country.
One of the aims of the UN-MDG is "increasing enrolment for basic education: specifically MDG 2 (achieving universal basic education) is to provide free basic education for all children by the year 2015.
The school feeding programme as already indicated has the objective of "improving school enrollment, attendance, retention and performance" by providing one hot balanced meal per day per pupil. Accordingly, the Ministry of Education and Sports has a fundamental role to initiate various policies and programmes some of which are already in place and being implemented and to collaborate and co-operate with the Task Force in the School Feeding Programme to achieve its objectives and targets.
Among the special roles of the Ministry of Education and Sports will be the provision of vehicles to transport various items to the Districts and school. It will also undertake periodic evaluation of the performance of the pupils in order to assess the Programmes effect and impact of the programme.
MINISTRY OF WOMEN AND CHILDREN’S AFFAIRS
This Ministry has the responsibility to ensure the proper protection and empowerment of women and the welfare of children in Ghana.
The welfare of children includes among others, quality and good education which must be affordable.
To that extent the Ministry of Women and Children’s Affair has an important role to play by ensuring the children are properly fed through periodic visits by officials of the Council for Women and Development.
MINISTRY OF REGIONAL COOPERATION AND NEPAD
This Ministry in collaboration with other ministries and countries involved in NEPAD initiated the School Feeding Programme as an integral part of programmes and activities aimed at achieving the UN-MDG’s. It will continue to fund the education and sensitization Ghanaians on NEPAD, its aims, objectives and activities.
Since Ghana’s NEPAD School Feeding Programme is primarily based on home-grown foods, it will include this concept and the general school feeding programme in its sensitization activities. It is doing this through the following bodies.
• Regional Coordinating Councils (RCC’s)
• District Assemblies (DA’s)
• Civil Society Organizations
• Local Communities including Chiefs and Opinion Leaders
• Private sector.
MINISTRY OF FOOD AND AGRICULTURE
In the Ghana Poverty Reduction Strategy (GPRS), which is the country’s response to the UN MDG’s, it is the aim of the Government through the Ministry of Food and Agriculture to make Ghana a leading agro-based country by the year 2010 by modernizing the agricultural sector.
The Task Force will make use of extension officers in the Regions, Districts and Communities in the rural areas to educate farmers on farm practices so as to increase food production and encourage new entrants to farming. In addition, the Ministry will assist in the provision of farming inputs to small scale farmers to increase agricultural output and productivity.
MINISTRY OF HEALTH
Some of the aims and objectives of the Task Force, which emanated from UN-MDG’s, are the reduction of child mortality rates, and malnutrition amongst pre-school and primary school children. The Health Ministry has the general and overall responsibility of providing the health needs of the people in Cooperation with the Ghana Health Service.
The Task Force in collaboration with this Ministry will use its services to achieve some of the aims and objectives of the School Feeding Programme. It will undertake periodic deworming exercises, weighing of pupils and checking the nutritional statues of the pupils that would benefit from the programme.
MINISTRY OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT.
Low school enrolment, poor attendance and performance coupled with malnutrition are common and prevalent in the rural areas and communities. It is the responsibility of this Ministry to provide the
necessary infrastructure and development through the District Assemblies, to improve these conditions.
At this level the committees which will be formed to implement the NEPAD School Feeding Programme will involve the District Assemblies, opinion leaders, teachers and parents to ensure the success of this programme. The Programme will rely heavily on this ministry for the provision of logistics support and personnel at the local level.
The District Chief Executives are expected to:-
(a) Provide accommodation for officials on visits to the Districts and the schools.
(b) Arrange to supply good drinking water with the use of water tankers to the various schools.
(c) Assist in the purchases and suppliers and transport them to the various schools within each District.
Through the District Implementation Committee it will be disbursing funds for the Programme, keep proper accounts and internal controls, and submit end of term and annual reports to the centre.
MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT AND SCIENCE
The Ministry of Environment and Science will set standards for the environment in which food will be cooked and served to pupils.