• Українською
  • Denys Shmyhal: School meals reform will be part of Ukraine’s recovery
    Communications Department of the Secretariat of the CMU, posted 13 November 2023 18:30

    The Government has approved the Strategy for Reforming the School Meals System until 2027. As part of its implementation, the Government now has four strategic goals. This was stated by Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal during the presentation of the school meals reform strategy, which took place on 13 November with the participation of First Lady Olena Zelenska.

    “The first is to secure financial resources. This means active participation of communities in financing and state assistance in the form of subventions. In particular, the state budget for 2024 earmarks UAH 1.5 billion for the modernisation of school canteens. The second goal is to restore canteens using the latest technologies and principles of the food safety management system,” said Denys Shmyhal.

    The third strategic goal, according to the Head of Government, is to provide communities and schools with catering staff. The Prime Minister stressed that competitive salaries, public procurement, professional development and digitalisation would be key in this regard.

    “The fourth strategic goal is to introduce a quality menu and encourage children to make conscious choices about healthy food. In addition to the relevant recommendations, this is also a strong campaign to educate children and parents about healthy eating,” said Denys Shmyhal.

    The Prime Minister emphasised that the Government’s aim was to provide a varied, balanced and high-quality diet in schools and pre-schools.

    “The reform strategy is a guide, a map, a reference, a navigator in the implementation of the reform. It has been developed with the involvement of relevant ministries and government agencies, as well as representatives of our partners and activists. In this way, the reform has united the whole country, its civil society and government sectors. Any reform is a collective effort and a collective responsibility,” said First Lady Olena Zelenska.

    The Prime Minister stressed that the reform of school meals was part of Ukraine’s recovery.

    “Here – as in many other sectors – we need to build back better. Projects for the new construction or reconstruction of schools and kindergartens should include quality standards for school meals,” the Head of Government stressed.

    According to Denys Shmyhal, the Strategy will be implemented in two stages. The first stage will be completed by the end of next year. The Prime Minister called on all stakeholders to get involved, including local communities, as the implementation of practical steps would depend on them.

    Denys Shmyhal: School meals reform will be part of Ukraine’s recovery Denys Shmyhal: School meals reform will be part of Ukraine’s recovery Denys Shmyhal: School meals reform will be part of Ukraine’s recovery Denys Shmyhal: School meals reform will be part of Ukraine’s recovery Denys Shmyhal: School meals reform will be part of Ukraine’s recovery Denys Shmyhal: School meals reform will be part of Ukraine’s recovery