Addressing child hunger & food insecurity: beyond the National School Nutrition Programme.

SECTION27 and Spotlight invite you to participate in a discussion about child hunger and food security in South Africa.

Recent findings from the nationally representative NIDS-CRAM Survey show alarmingly high rates of hunger across South African society. Hunger has been felt acutely by children, in part because of the closure of the National School Nutrition Programme - a state school feeding scheme that feeds over 9 million learners nutritious meals daily. 

Thanks to recent litigation by SECTION27 and the Equal Education Law Centre (representing Equal Education and the school governing bodies of two Limpopo Schools), the NSNP is now - theoretically - being delivered to all eligible learners.

But serious obstacles remain to ensuring food security and combating hunger across the country. And while the NSNP case was a significant victory for the rights of learners to basic nutrition, child hunger is a complex phenomenon with many causes and lasting effects.

Beyond the National School Nutrition Programme, what other interventions can we advocate for to realise the right to basic nutrition and combat child hunger? 
Journalist Kathryn Cleary will moderate a discussion between Sasha Stevenson ​​​​​​​(Head of Health Rights programme at SECTION27), Kath Hall (Children's Institute, UCT), Prof Haroon Saloojee (Division of Community Paediatrics, Wits), Sibongile Teffo (Community Leader for Equal Education in Limpopo) and Tevin Mahlangu (Community Leader for Equal Education in Gauteng). 

  • Sasha Stevenson

    Webinar Host (SECTION27)

  • Kathryn Cleary

    Moderator (Journalist, Spotlight)

  • Dr Katharine Hall

    Presenter (Children's Institute, UCT)

  • Prof Haroon Saloojee

    Presenter (Division of Community Paediatrics, Wits)

  • Sibongile Teffo

    Presenter (Equal Education)

  • Tevin Mahlangu

    Presenter (Equal Education)

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