Senegal: School canteens factor for improved results for Senegalese students
Thanks to school canteens, Senegalese students have been able to score good in school, according to Prof. Abdoulaye Diagne, the director of the Consortium for Economic and Social Research (CRES) quoting the findings of a recent study.
Prof. Diagne, who was making a presentation Tuesday in Dakar on the results of a survey on the impact of school canteens by the CRES in four regions of the country, namely Fatick, Diourbel, Kolda and Sedhiou, posited that “generally speaking, school canteens have significantly improved to over six points cognitive acquisitions of students benefitting from school feeding programmes.”
According to Diagne, a former dean of the School of Economic Sciences at the Cheikh Anta Diop University in Dakar, taking into account half of the beneficiaries of the program, the result was more positive.
Thus, school canteens improve by more than nine points students’ cognitive acquisitions.
The study by the CRES also emphasizes the fact that school canteens have enhanced students’ memorization capacities (23.381 pts) and their level of knowledge (10.24 pts), their reasoning power (7.053 pts) and their capacity for comprehension (4.80 pts).
Moreover, the study found that school feeding programs have reduced the rate of student failures in exams by 0.179 percent.
School canteens have also reduced school dropout rates to 1.17 percentage points.
Prof. Diagne also pointed out that school feeding programs have increased the number of children going to school with 4.69 percent (6.24 percent of percentage for girls and 3.25 percent for boys).
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