ALGIERS- Ministry of Fisheries and Fishing Products is preparing a framework agreement with the Ministry of National Education and the Ministry of the Interior and local Communities to include aquaculture fish in the menus of school restaurants, according to the Director of the National Center for the Development of Fisheries and Aquaculture, Rachid Anan.
During an awareness-raising day about the benefits and nutritional value of fish, organized, in Algiers, for the benefit of primary school pupils at the Sablette Park, Mr. Anan stressed that the framework agreement would allow for the significant improvement of the pupils share.”
He explained that this framework agreement will include, in addition to schools located in coastal cities, educational establishments located in remote areas that are not supplied with fish products.
For his part, the representative of the Ministry of National Education, Mustapha Hamdi, affirmed that his ministerial department is working on the educational and pedagogical levels by teaching children the benefits of various fish, especially aquaculture products.
He added, “We have noticed that children consume a lot of sugars and industrial products at the expense of fresh fruits and vegetables and animal protein.”
In this regard, Mr. Hamdi pointed out that the Ministry of National Education intends to remedy this situation through “a new strategy in partnership with the concerned sectors to ensure the service of school restaurants in 19,000 primary schools across the national territory to provide safe and varied nutrition for children.”
It’s worth noting that this awareness-raising day was organized on the eve of International Childhood Day and was attended by pupils from various educational establishments in the capital, as well as teenagers with Down syndrome from the Pedagogical Psychological Center of Ain Taya (the capital), who benefited from training as part of an agreement between the Ministry of Fisheries and the Ministry of National Solidarity.