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Formative research for transformative school‑based programmes in Colombia

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The World Food Programme (WFP) Colombia conducted formative research to inform its school based programming, allowing schools to act as a platform for inclusion. The study focused on school feeding, nutrition, discrimination and xenophobia in schools that experienced a range of challenges due to high rates of migration from Venezuela. Through this research, WFP aimed to better understand the needs of children and their communities by using two way communication to identify barriers and enablers to behavioural change. The research provided an evidence base for the participatory development of a Social and Behaviour Change Communication strategy that promoted inclusivity and equality. This is an interesting example of how a school feeding programme can address additional issues such as discrimination and promote not only nutritious meals for children but also create a safe environment and positively contribute to breaking stereotypes.