Village children often have to walk many kilometres to school. They can’t walk back home for lunch and often skip lunch.
In rural areas, only 40 to 50% of children go to school. A free school meal is a strong incentive for parents to send them to school. For girls, parents are even more reluctant. They will marry later and become the responsibility of another family. With boys, it’s different, as they are expected to take care of their parents later. What a difference with the Netherlands!