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19 April 2024, 13:10

Nearly 80% of Belarusian schools now use new catering arrangements

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MINSK, 19 April (BelTA) – Nearly 80% of the schools in Belarus have already switched to a new catering organization regime. Prime Minister of Belarus Roman Golovchenko mentioned it during a government conference held on 19 April to discuss the organization of meals in schools, BelTA has learned.

Roman Golovchenko said: “For the entirety of last year we worked hard on improving the organization of catering in schools. We worked out ways, approaches, and solutions upon instructions of the head of state. We initially tested them in 23 schools, kept an eye on the feedback from school students, parents, and oversight agencies, and discussed it with practitioners. As a result of the pilot project people in charge received the necessary legal base, methodological recommendations on catering organization, a collection of new recipes for dishes and meals. Schools were also granted freedom in choosing the optimal meal schedules. The necessary additional process equipment was purchased. It greatly improved the physical infrastructure of school canteens.”

In his words, the Healthcare Ministry and the Education Ministry have noticed a rather substantial decrease in food waste, with more students now eating school meals. “In September the education minister reported the lack of essential problems and the gradual introduction of results of the pilot project. As a result, more than 2,000 schools embraced the new catering arrangements as from 1 January 2024. They make practically 80% of the existing number,” the prime minister noted.

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