Influence of school feeding programme on children’s ‘participation in pre-school in Kisumu east sub-county, Kenya
Growth and development of children is determined by what they get for physical growth such as basic needs while in pre operational stage. It is vital for a child to have basic needs in terms of balanced diet in school and at home. The County Government having the mandate of preschools in the new dispensation has strived to provide feeding programmes to all public preschools to ensure future human development in our countries. However, this has only about twenty per cent of the pre-schools after feeding programmes strategies put in place by different partners in an effort to realize this goal are varied. The objective of the study was to find out how school feeding programme has influenced children’s participation in preschools within Kisumu East Sub County in Kisumu County. Three research objectives included finding out the effect of school feeding programmes on enrolment, attendance and involvement in learning activities of children in preschools. The researcher employed the use of descriptive survey design. The target population of the study comprised preschool teachers and headteachers. Thirty preschool teachers and two hundred preschool children. Data were collected using questionnaires interview schedules and document analysis guide. Data were analysed using descriptive statistics, which included frequency distributions and the means. Data were presented in graphs by tales. The study sought to investigate the influence of school feeding programmes on children’s participation in preschool. The findings from the study highlighted that school feeding programme played a positive role in increasing enrolment, attendance and promoting active involvement in learning activities by preschool in Kisumu East sub county children. In conclusion school meals enhance involvement in learning activities of children in preschools. The researchers made some of the following recommendations, county and national government need to initiate the school feeding programmes and sustainability of the programme is vital to increase the transition rate to class one. There is need to conduct a study on pre-school drop out, looking at the determinants of this factors.