Role of community in sustaining of community based feeding programme in public pre-schools in Gatanga district, Murang' a county, Kenya
Kuria, Esther Wangari
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This study was prompted by the outcry of unsustained feeding programmes in pre-school, which is crucial for nutritional intervention aiming at increasing food intake for holistic development. In Kenya, studies on feeding programmes have mainly focused on its management, access and retention in primary schools and sustainability of community based feeding programmes has received minimal attention. The purpose of the study will be to establish the roles the community should play in sustaining it to complement studies on management of community based programmes and establish the impact of the community involvement in food security, parental involvement, management and then suggest strategies that can be employed to improve the community based feeding programmes in the District. The study will employ a descriptive research design, for getting all the 65 Early Childhood Development pre-schools in Gatanga District including the ones that have community based feeding programme. Purposeful random sampling will be used to select 20 Early Childhood Development pre-schools implementing community based feeding programme. From each of the Early Childhood Development preschools, the researcher will sample the headteacher, 1 school feeding management committee representative. The 2 District Centre for Early Childhood Education officers will also be included in the study. The study sample therefore will comprise of 20 headteachers, 20 school feeding programme committee representatives, two District Centre for Early Childhood Education officers, giving a total of 42 respondents. Data will be collected using questionnaires, interview schedules and observation guides. Data collected will be coded and entered in the computer for analysis using the Statistical Package for Social Science (SPSS). Descriptive statistical methods such as percentages, mean and frequencies will be used to report the data. The results of data analysis will be reported in summary form using frequency tables, bar graphs and pie charts.