George Kent


Rights-based school feeding programs could serve as a basis for experiential learning about rights, and through that means, improve both nutritional and educational out- comes. Rights-based school feeding programs would give students the means to act to ensure that specific standards are met. Rights are supposed to be enforceable claims to specific goods or services. There must be some sort of institutional authority to which rights-holders whose claims are not satisfied can appeal to have the situation correct- ed. Enforceability means that the duty bearers, those who are to fulfil rights/ entitlements, must be obligated to do so, and they must be held accountable for their performance. While there can be many different mechanisms of accountability, the most fundamental is that available to the rights holders themselves. Individuals who fail to get what they are entitled to should have means available to them for pressing their claims. In school feeding programs, students would be the primary rights hold- ers.Rights-based programs school feeding programs are likely to prove advantageous even when assessed only in terms of the basic objectives of improving nutrition and educational performance that are common to all school feeding programs. The bene- fits in terms of personal empowerment and learning about rights would be an added bonus.