A nutrition program run by the UN agency for Palestinian refugees (UNWRA) in camps across Jordan is encouraging more students to stay in school. Teachers had become accustomed to seeing children ditch classes, under pressure to help parents at home or work to help the family finances. The mid-morning snack provided by UNWRA throughout Jordan since the beginning of the school year has proved successful in tempting students to stay in class, according to teachers and education officials. Each child receives either a banana or an apple and a biscuit. Teachers said many students spent the day without a proper meal, if any. (IRIN)

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