Punjab Minister for School Education, Dr. Murad Raas, on February 03, 2022, launched the free lunch as ‘School Meal Program’ to combat hunger and malnutrition among young students across the province.
School Education Minister held the launch ceremony of program at City District Government (CDG) School, Bharbara, Lahore.
Moreover, A free lunch will be provided to the students of public schools under the program. This program has the support of Allah Wallay Trust and Honda Pakistan.
Moreover, the Education Minister also Spoke at the occasion, saying that:
“A pilot project in this regard, launched in November 2020, had produced amazing results.”
Further, the Education Minister Murad Raas informed that the program would initially start in 100 primary schools in the district.
Moreover, Punjab Minister for School Education, Dr Murad Raas said:
“The ‘School Meal Program’ improved the attendance, health, and retention of students in schools where the program has already been initiated.”
Punjab Minister for School Education, Dr Murad Raas also said that:
“The schools under this program have seen a 33 percent increase in attendance, and a 77 percent improvement in students’ health, and their BMI levels.”
Further, Punjab Minister for School Education, Dr Murad Raas said that:
“The program will be gradually expanded to other districts to address the issues of malnutrition and stunted growth among young students.”
The minister also called on the private sector to join hands in this noble initiative.