“Diario Nuevo”, Santo Domingo. – The National Institute of Student Welfare (INABIE) reported this Sunday that students from the Adolescent and Adult Education Program (Prepara) highlighted their inclusion in the School Feeding Program (PAE) run by the entity, pointing out that the lack of this service represented an obstacle. The main reason for staying in the classroom long term is the financial burden.
A press release from Inabie indicates that this position was expressed during the official launch of PAE services this Saturday at the Lilia Portalatín Sosa Educational Center by the executive director of INABIE, Víctor Castro, who accompanied him. Includes Youth and Adult Education, Santiago Peña; National Prepares the director Katy Ogando, the director of the Extended School Day Nelson Astacio and the president of the Dominican Association of Teachers (ADP), Eduardo Hidalgo.
Dawaiky Martínez, a 31-year-old student, said he pays between 200 and 300 pesos for food every Saturday, like most students who study this way.
«When I didn’t have money I didn’t eat from 8:00 to 4:00 in the morning. Including us in the INABIE feeding program will help our economy a lot,” he stated.
Natividad Carvajal, 57, a high school sophomore, said many students who went out to eat did not return to class, resulting in them missing several hours of school each weekend.
Seeing the acceptance of the students, the director of INABIE, Víctor Castro, recalled that before Prepara distributed the PAE, a team from the Ministry of Education and INABIE worked on extensive operational adjustments in response to the historical need of the school. ADP is designed to ensure student persistence in the classroom.
“With the inclusion of Prepara in PAE, we hope that they remain in the classrooms, complete their pre-university studies and feel motivated to move forward,” Castro urged during a lunch with students from the aforementioned schools.
During a visit to the educational center, educational authority and union member Eduardo Hidalgo witnessed first-hand the distribution and delivery protocols and the quality of the food delivered.
“The Dominican Teachers Association (ADP) has been working for many years to promote equal educational and nutritional opportunities for all members of the school community, so the inclusion of Prepara students in the PAE represents an unbeatable achievement. precedents,” Hidalgo emphasized.
INABIE has been distributing school lunches since last Saturday and expects that the aforementioned educational model will benefit approximately 120,000 students, teachers and support staff, raising the figure to more than 2 million with the incorporation of extended school days and half-round beneficiaries. They are served by the school feeding program, Dominica’s most far-reaching social policy.
Also present at the event were Teodosia Otaño, Director of Education District 10, Xiomara Jiménez, Director of Education District 10-06, Lucy Frías, Director of the Educational Center; Ocirema Caminero, Director of the INABIE Cabinet; Osvaldo Liria, Director of Food Management; Dr. Ana Carolina Báez, Director of Nutritional Formulation and Evaluation; Human Resources Anne Casado, Director of Resources; Whitney Gutiérrez, Head of the Department of Inspections and Controls, and Leo Sierra, Advisor to the Executive Directorate.
As in other PAE models, Prepara students taste menus prepared by INABIE nutrition experts.
This Saturday, said campus is serving dal stew, chicken breast and cucumber salad.