Ministry of Education, Umwalimu SACCO and Mobile Money Rwanda Partner to Launch #DusangireLunch Campaign

Author: Brenda MIZERO
On:12/06/2024 15:41
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The Ministry of Education, in partnership with MobiFle Money Rwanda and Umwalimu SACCO, is thrilled to introduce the #DusangireLunch campaign that started as # NdiReady campaign. This initiative aims to educate parents and communities about the importance of providing nutritious meals to every child in school.

The national school feeding program has shown remarkable results, not only in meeting children's nutritional needs but also in improving educational enrollments, retention, and performance. Since its expansion across the country in 2021, primary school dropout rates have decreased by 4%.

Currently, the Government of Rwanda covers 90% of the school feeding costs per child, with parents contributing approximately FRW 1000 per trimester. The #DusangireLunch campaign offers an easier way for parents and communities to participate in shaping children's future by supporting initiatives that promote their growth and development.

With over 3.9 million students in 4,500 schools benefiting from this program, the campaign aims to complement parental contribution, increase community awareness and commitment to ensuring that every Rwandan child attending school receives a nutritious meal every day.

The #DusangireLunch campaign was officially launched at Groupe Scolaire Kacyiru II by Gaspard Twagirayezu, the Minister of Education, along with Chantal Kagame, the Chief Executive Officer of Mobile Money Rwanda, and Laurence Uwambaje, the Director General of Umwalimu SACCO.

Speaking at the launch Chief Executive Officer of Mobile Money Rwanda, Chantal Kagame said: This initiative underscores Mobile Money Rwanda's commitment to help Rwandan children realize their dreams of becoming our future doctors, engineers, lawyers, athletes and more. As Mobile Money Rwanda, we want to do our part in creating a brighter future by ensuring a nutritious lunch for every child in school. That is why as an organization, Mobile Money Rwanda pledges to provide [add number and details of the pledge]. I take this opportunity to call on other private sector players to join the #DusangireLunch campaign.”

The Director General of Umwalimu SACCO, Laurence Uwambaje said: “Umwalimu SACCO is pleased to join the Ministry of Education and Mobile Money Rwanda in this noble cause that undoubtedly support Rwanda’s human capital creation and expanding access to educational opportunities to all Rwandan children. As Umwalimu SACCO, we pledge to provide [add number and details of the pledge). I call on other financial institutions to join the # DusangireLunch campaign.” 

In his keynote address Minister of Education, Gaspard Twagirayezu said: "School meals play a vital role in ensuring children's well-being and academic success. By providing nutritious meals, we can improve student focus, attendance, and overall health. In addition, school meal programs support local farmers and promote sustainable practices, creating a positive impact that extends far beyond the dining hall.

We commend Mobile Money Rwanda and Umwalimu SACCO for playing their part in ensuring the success and sustainability of the school feeding program. We urge all Rwandans to contribute to the #DusangireLunch campaign. Together, we can make a difference”. Umwalimu SACCO pleades to provide (add number and details of the pledge).

How to Participate:

To contribute to #DusangireLunch by dialling *182*3*10# and follow the prompts. Remember, only 3,000Rwf feeds a child for the whole school year!  Join us and help ensure every child gets a decent meal at school.