The World Food Programme (WFP) gave 300 Samsung Galaxy A tablets to the Ghana School Feeding Program (GSFP) to support the piloting of the digitisation of the GSFP’s monitoring and evaluation system. The tablets, which are were loaded with Tableau and ONA software would be deployed nationwide to streamline the activities of GSFP and inject sanity into the operations of the program. They would help to validate enrolment numbers, track daily attendance and feeding and check the performance of caterers in selected schools across 260 metropolitan, municipal and district assemblies.

Ms. Anna Mukiibi-Bunnya, WFP Representative ad interim and Officer-in-charge said the tablets would boost the monitoring and reporting capacity of the Ghana School Feeding Program and ensure that actual data on attendance and feeding is available to enable payments that reflect the actual numbers. This should lead to cost effectiveness and savings which could be used to expand the program to reach more school children, Ms. Mukiibi-Bunnya said. She appealed to telecommunication companies to support the GSFP with the required network data to ensure the sustainability of the project.

National Coordinator of the Ghana School Feeding Programme Dr. Gertrude Quashigah was excited that the program’s monitoring system was eventually going digital, which she believed was going to “ensure real speed and more efficiency in the program.” It will also help in our quest to tighten all loose ends at the local levels where the actual implementation of the programme takes place,” she added. Dr. Quashigah was optimistic that switching from manual to digital operating system would invariably enhance GSFP’s credibility, transparency and accountability.

Deputy Director General, Quality and Access at the Ghana Education Service (GES) Dr. Kwabena Bempah Tandoh commended the project and noted that GES had the data and evidence to show a correlation between the school feeding program and school enrollment. Most of the students gravitate to the schools where there is a school feeding programme, Dr. Tandoh said.