Botswana to offer free meal at school

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Botswana’s government resolved on Monday to provide breakfast meals at pre-schools and primary schools, acting upon a 2013 recommendation to align the primary school menu with that of secondary schools.

The recommendation was a product of a government team tasked to come up with a menu that provides nutrients to promote optimal health, growth and development as well as prevent nutritional deficiencies.

Beginning 1st of April this year, pupils can expect to be served with different meals including ‘ rooibos tea with bread, peanut butter or jam, boiled eggs, mabele or maize meal soft porridge, milk and an orange or an apple’.

‘‘The school menu for primary schools is geared towards supporting poverty eradication and home-grown feeding initiatives to economically empower and capacitate Batswana to promote micro and small scale entrepreneurship,’‘ read part of the statement.

While some citizens applauded the government for the development, some social media users pointed out that this was likely a gimmick aimed at winning support ahead of the October 2019 elections.

President Eric Mokgweetsi Masisi will be seeking to win his first substantive term in office, having taken over from Ian Khama last year.

African Recipes by African Gourmet

African Recipe Botswana bogobe stiff vegetable porridge has many variations using any type of vegetable of your choosing. Sorghum meal is gluten-free and high in fiber, in our African recipe of Botswana bogobe vegetable porridge sorghum takes the place of rice.

Prep time: 15 min Cook time: 25 min Total time: 40 min

African Recipe Botswana Bogobe Vegetable Porridge

Ingredients
1/4 cup sorghum meal
1 cup raw carrots cut into even rounds
1 cup fresh broccoli florets
1/2 cup frozen lima beans
1 head green cabbage, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
1 ¼ cup vegetable broth

Directions

In a large pot add sorghum and 1 cup vegetable broth over medium heat and to stir the mixture into a soft paste, about 20 minutes. In a separate pot add vegetables and ¼ cup broth, cover 5-7 minutes over medium heat. Serve vegetable mixture over sorghum as sorghum is healthier than white rice.

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