Group to kickstart monitoring of Home-grown School Feeding Programme

From Segun Sowunmi

A group, Living Word Mission, have said it would commence monitoring of the National Home-Grown School Feeding Programme across Oyo State.

They said the move was to ensure that the social protection program of the Federal government through the Home Grown School Feeding Program successful.

They maintained that to achieve effective programme management, service delivery, accountability and learning through participatory monitoring and evaluation of school feeding, routine information gathering on national, State and LGA performances must be conducted.

A statement by the Coordinator of the group in the state, Mr Marcus Williams said the initiative is in line with national standards and to take advantage of the lessons learned from pilot activities and interventions.

He said his group have identified some core strategies towards the success of the monitoring outreach.

He noted that the steps are: Development and implementation of the NHGSFP monitoring frameworks to be domesticated to State and LGAs, refinement of critical indicators for the newly prioritized areas of nutrition, local economic development, capacity enhancement and stakeholder involvement, identification and adoption of innovative tools and techniques for encouraging multi-stakeholder involvement In monitoring, evaluation as well as other review activities, promotion of review efforts by partners, collaborations and relevant stakeholders to provide multi-perspective insights into the progress of school feeding and enhance accountability.

Other are: organizations of the collaborative learning activities with other parties, particularly non-governmental and civil society and international development organization, preparatory work prior to conduct of monitoring and evaluation includes, reviewing and updating the School Feeding Programme Monitoring and evaluation System to be in line with national formats and best practice requirements.

“Building relevant staff capacity for monitoring and evaluation at the national, State and LGA level, communicating and building capacities for the required reports from the LGA, State and National levels, developing mechanisms for collating and harmonizing relevant monitoring and evaluation information from related agencies.”

Williams said the method of reporting includes: Intra programme and parallel reporting mechanism using the National Home-Grown School Feeding Reporting Tool (NHGSFPRT).

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