Brief History :
Mid Day Meal Programmeis Government of India's flagship programme for achievement of Universalization of Elementary Education (UEE) and is being implemented in partnership with State Government to cover the entire Karnataka.
Mid day meal programme was implemented in 7 educationally and economically backward north-eastern districts of the State during 2001-02. Later, the scheme was extended to other districts of the state in a phased manner. As per the directions of the Supreme Court of India, the scheme of providing hot cooked mid day meal was implemented for all the children of classes 1 to 5 of Government schools. The programme was extended to children of classes 1 to 5 of Government aided primary schools.The scheme also extended to 6 to 7th std children. Now the Government of India is funding the scheme for children of classes 1 to 8. Government of Karnataka is providing hot cooked meals to the children of 9th & 10th standards of government and government aided schools and it is providing milk for 1 to 10th Standard students in weekly three days out of its own resources.
Objectives of Akshara Dasoha :
The main objectives of the programme are:
- To improve enrolment and attendance
- To improve retention rate
- To improve child health by increasing nutrition level
- To improve learning ability levels of children
- To bring about social equity
- To provide MDM to the children of draught affected area during summer vacation