A second glance at education in Somalia PDF Print

Significant steps have been taken to meet the 2nd Millennium Development Goal, Achieve Universal Primary Education. Globally more children are in primary school than ever before and gender gaps are slowly narrowing.


Is this the case for Somalia?


Despite great strides Somalia is not on track to meet the target. The average gross enrollment at the Primary school level is one of the lowest with 2 out of every 5 school aged children in school.


With 2 years left before the MDGs deadline, a fresh, broader perspective is needed to make certain that more children in Somalia have access to quality education. A shift from the linear perception that exists is dire. School aged children are not only kept away from school because of poverty, but there are other root causes that are yet to be addressed.


“Every school going child in Somalia is vulnerable either because of the parents’ lack of financial resources or because of the parents’ mentality about education.” This is according to the Director General of the MoE Galmudug, Mohamud Aden Abdulle.


Do parents understand the value of education?


With such high rates of unemployment for the youth in Somalia, most parents might not see the value of education for their children. Therefore making parents understand the importance of educating their children, just might lead to significant increase in the enrollment of children in schools and see a reduction of dropout cases. To tackle this there is need for an overhaul in the current education system in Somalia.


In collaboration with development partners and stakeholders in education, CISP is preparing to launch a new education programme in Somalia. The programme aims at; enrolling more girls and boys in school, inspiring them to stay in school and making sure they graduate with the knowledge that enables them to break the cycle of poverty. Now this is a positive step towards achieving compulsory education for every boy and girl in Somalia by December 2015.





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