School feeding project for Syrian refugees aims to avert a "lost generation"Listen /
More than 10,000 Syrian children attending schools in refugee camps in Jordan and Iraq are benefiting from a project that feeds their bodies and minds.
The school feeding programme launched by the World Food Programme (WFP) provides children with a nutritious snack to boost their energy, thus helping them to concentrate on their lessons.
WFP says that as many Syrian refugee children have already suffered due to the conflict in their homeland, they need to be back in the classroom, and the fortified date bars and biscuits can help in encouraging them to stay there.
WFP spokesperson Elizabeth Byers tells Patrick Maigua that by keeping displaced youngsters in school, the agency is helping to avert a "lost generation" of Syrians who fail to reach their potential.