Rifat Afroze and Avonti Basak Tukun
A pilot school nutrition programme (SNP) sanctioned by the government of Bangladesh (GoB) in May/June 2012 was jointly launched by Dubai Care and Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) with an aim to improve students‟ learning in school, improve school attendance, reduce dropout and improve nutrition and hygiene practices among the students. BRAC and Banchte Shekha have been implementing the project in 102 schools in Mymensingh and Dhaka. SNP provides hot cooked meal to 18,386 primary school children aged 5 to 11 years. Data collected from three studies (baseline, mid-line and endline) were used to evaluate SNP activates. The endline study was conducted one year after the baseline. In both studies information were collected from students, their households and schools. It also incorporated observations and group and individual interviews for understanding the implementation process. Sample was independently selected from three project sites each consist of two groups: an intervention group and a control group. A total of 60 schools and 4,602 households were surveyed during the baseline and 48 schools and 4,154 respondents were revisited during the endline.