THE NATIONAL SCHOOL NUTRITION PROGRAMME
CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES HAVE A HUMAN RIGHT TO FOOD:
ACCESS TO THE BASIC EDUCATION NATIONAL SCHOOL NUTRITION PROGRAMME (NSNP) FOR LEARNERS WITH SEVERE TO PROFOUND INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY (SPID) AT SPECIAL CARE CENTRES
Since 2017, we have been advocating for access to the NSNP for children with intellectual disability (high support) who are excluded from public schools. In 2021 we sent a letter of motivation to the Western Cape Right to Education Task Team established in response our court order (Case 18678/2007).
• Our letter was submitted to the WCED HOD, who submitted it to the DBE DG.
• DBE responded with a visit to, and survey of, centres in August 2022.
• Currently, children with SPID at centres are still excluded from the NSNP.
At a time when poverty levels and the cost of living are soaring, children with SPID are left even more vulnerable. The Care Dependency Grant (CDG) cannot address their poverty and nutrition adequately.
Hungry children with disabilities demand DBE’s implementation plan with time frames to ensure that children with SPID at special care centres have urgent and accelerated access to the NSNP.