ELMIDOON Project Launch PDF Print



The ELMIDOON Project, “Seeking Knowledge” funded by the European Union was officially launched on 5th February 2013 in Mogadishu. The event was chaired by the Minister of Human Development and Public Service Dr. Maryan Qasim. This is a three year project that aims to strengthen a cohesive education sector in Somalia by increasing access to relevant education and also improving the quality of education. The project shall target 30 primary schools and 6 secondary schools.


The ELMIDOON Project will be implemented by a consortium of four organizations; ADRA, CfBT Education Trust, CISP and Save the Children, working in partnership with the Education Directorate of the Ministry of Human Development and Public Services. In attendance were key players in the education sector like, Somali Government Officials, International donors, UN Agencies, and International and National NGOs. The honorable Minister Dr. Qasim challenged everyone to work together closely as Somalia moves forward. She emphasized in particular the importance of the shift from humanitarian aid to development projects and the importance of education for Somalia’s future.



She quoted the first command in the Koran, ‘Iqua’ which means to read. She enlightened that it meant that Muslims were obligated to be literate and learn. For Muslims she added, “Education is an obligation.” The Education Sector Coordinator Dr. Khadar Bashir Ali, and Dr. Qasim highlighted the special attention needed to improve girls education in the country.


The European Union Head of Section for Rural Development Isabel Faria De Almeida, emphasized the importance of the education project ensuring the inclusion of children from poor backgrounds, minorities, IDPs, children with disabilities and girl child education. Dr Qasim shared her vision of a Somalia where all children have access to quality education, with qualified teachers in a safe and secure environment so as to produce capable, skilled and productive citizens. Therefore everyone should do their part to ensure the Ministry’s goal of enrolling 1million new children in school is achieved. “There are only three primary colors in the spectrum, red, blue and green, but combined they make brand new colors. All of us should work together for all Somali children,” concluded Dr. Qasim.





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