EGYPT (REUTERS) - The United Nation's World Food Program provides food for children and their families based on how much time children spend in school.
The better their attendance, the more food.
In a country where a quarter of the people live below the poverty line, the free food is proving to be a powerful incentive to show up for school.
The programme's spokeswoman Amina Al Korey says nearly 24,000 children have been given food aid since the program began in April.
The UN program in Egypt is targeting 100,000 children in some of the poorest parts of the country.