|Under the programme, all children in 24 local nursery schools were offered 200 millilitres of milk free, three times a week, nine months a year.— Photo baobacninh
BAC NINH (VNS) — A pilot "Milk for schools" programme, in the northern province of Bac Ninh, has benefited 12,000 local children under the age of six since it was launched last September.
Under the programme, all children in 24 local nursery schools were offered 200 millilitres of milk free, three times a week, nine months a year.
As a result, the rate of stunted children at the schools dropped to 4.37 per cent against the 8 per cent rate reported before the programme, while that of weight malnutrition among the group was down to 3 per cent, reported the provincial Department of Education and Training.
Bac Ninh plans to extend the programme to all nursery schools between 2014 and 2017, with the number of beneficiaries reaching up to 230,000.
The programme, which has run from 2013 through 2017, costs nearly VND178 billion (US$8.39 million), of which 50 per cent has come from the local budget, 25 per cent from the milk suppliers and the rest from children's parents and social funding. — VNS