National School Nutrition Programme launch

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The Deputy Minister of Basic Education, Dr. Reginah Mhaule will on Tuesday, launch the National School Nutrition Programme (NSNP) Food Safety Video Series and Announcement of the NSNP Awards in Pretoria.

The National School Nutrition Programme provides daily nutritious meals to over 9 million learners nationwide to help them perform better in school. Basic Education Spokesperson Elijah Mhlanga said this is made possible by the hard work and dedication of officials in provinces, districts and schools.

“The Food Safety Training sessions were conducted face-to-face preceding the Covid-19 pandemic which prompted the department to explore new ways to hold similar training sessions. The NSNP believes that continuous sharing of information is significant more so in the context of Covid-19 to ensure that safety and hygiene practices are followed.”

Mhlanga added that the NSNP ensures that there is compliance with hygiene standards, helps to strengthen and establish inter-sectoral food safety teams in provinces, districts and schools which includes infrastructure improvement to ensure that safe meals are served to learners. “The event based training video is aimed at creating the food safety compliance training material which can be easily used.”

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