Officially opening the third session of the full Council in Molepolole on Monday, Leo said that the District has started empowering local communities through procurement of bread for local primary schools.
“Communities have been mobilized to show interest in baking bread for schools and detailed guidelines have been developed which highlight issues pertaining to hygiene, pricing and use of school facilities,” Leo pointed out.
He said through the new arrangement, bread would no longer be procured from commercial bakeries but would be supplied by local communities and community bakeries.
“Most schools now have groups that supply them with bread which is in the form of diphaphatha and mapakiwa,” he said.
He said the initiative would be monitored closely to ensure that it provides value for money for both the Council and the suppliers.
“It is our aim as the District to expand this initiative to include the purchasing of other school feed such as beans from the local communities,” he stated.
“Beans consumed by our school children are still imported from the international market and this is not sustainable,” Leo added.