Partnership means progress for education in Somalia

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Three girls sitting in a classroom in Somaliland, Somalia © UNICEF/Hana Yoshimoto

After more than two decades of conflict, Somalia is making progress towards stability. The conflict has had a profound effect on education, with more than 75% of public schools either destroyed or closed in South and Central Somalia.

Joining the Global Partnership for Education in 2012, the same year the first Federal Government of Somalia was established, has fostered coordination in the education sector through regular meetings of the local education partners, joint sector reviews, and the inclusion of civil society.

Somalia received $14.5 million in grants from the Global Partnership for 2013-2016 supporting the payment of teachers’ salaries or incentives, support to school monitoring by trained employees of the ministry of education, and training of female teachers to promote access to school for girls.

For the first time in more than two decades, Somalia has an education sector plan for South and Central Somalia that has been agreed by the Federal Government, as well as plans for Puntland and Somaliland.

Getting partners together and agreeing common approaches to provide systematic and coherent support, away from the fragmented emergency response, has been a major achievement.

More information on the state of education in Somalia, and GPE-funded programs and results is available here.

Sub-Saharan Africa: Somalia


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