The problems caused by 30 years of civil war have been compounded by a series of severe droughts and subsequent famines, leaving Somalia one of the poorest countries in the world.
Since the collapse of the education system, communities have taken different approaches to establishing locally run education services. While any progress is impressive, all these systems face enormous challenges. In many areas across the country, parents are not able to fund their children’s education. In addition to poverty, long distances to school, safety concerns, social norms favouring boys’ education, a lack of trained teachers and the low availability of sanitation facilities, stops parents from enrolling children, particularly girls, in school.
The African Education Trust (AET), part of Street Child, started working in Somalia in 1996, at a time when many organizations were leaving the country after the aborted UN Peacekeeping mission. By working through local staff, organizations, and institutions we have been able to continue to operate throughout the country despite successive cycles of drought, famine, and conflict.
We provide essential quality education through school rehabilitation, psycho-social support for children experiencing long-term insecurity, teacher training, supporting parental involvement in school management and provision of hygiene facilities especially for girls and children with disabilities.
In all our work, we focus on excluded groups including pastoralists and people in remote rural communities, families displaced by conflict or drought, ethnic minorities, people living with disabilities, and girls and women.
This programme supports efforts by the international community to reduce the high rates of illness and death caused by the extreme drought, lack of clean water and the exploitation of children in the Togdheer region of Somailand. We are providing three primary schools with water and food, supporting 441 primary school children to remain in school. In addition, 3,450 households are also benefitting from child protection services through the establishment, training, and engagement of village-level child protection committees.
In Jubaland, Somalia Street Child is working with 10 schools in communities where there are high numbers of returnees or displaced populations. This programme, supported by Education Cannot Wait, provides teacher training and cash grants for school improvements, such as accessibility access for children with disabilities. We work to deliver scholarships to over 750 children in poverty, over 21,000 sanitary kits to girls, and 4,000 solar lamps to enable home study. Street Child is working hard with communities to improve educational outcomes in these emergency situations.
Funded by the EU this provides over 450 out-of-school youth with the life skills to generate a livelihood or find formal employment. Linked to apprenticeships and micro-loans this project promotes independence and micro-economic development, working with merging trades to provide a workforce for the future development of Somalia.
This project is providing basic literacy and numeracy skills, alongside reproductive health, maternal health and childcare information to 300 out-of-school young women and girls (14-30 years) in Somaliland. It is being implemented in five regions of Somaliland that are inhabited by rural, pastoralist communities which have some of the highest out-of-school populations and lowest female literacy rates in the world. The project targets women and girls who missed out on education earlier in life and lack any form of literacy and numeracy skills.
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