Education in Somalia

Priority issues

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Priority issues

  • Management Challenges at all Levels
    Since the 1990s, community-based groups known as Community Education Committees and development agencies have been largely responsible for the delivery of education services in Somalia. The Ministries of Education are gradually taking over with improved systems and capacities particularly at central levels.
  • Quality of Education
    Overall, the quality of teaching across all three zones remains poor due to limited opportunities for teacher training and the lack of a salary system managed by a central Education Ministry. Most teachers are trained by UNICEF and NGOs and incentives are paid by local communities with top-ups from UNICEF and partners.
  • Conflict and Continuing Insecurity
    In areas affected by armed conflict, there have also been reports of recruitment of children from schools. Because of continued insecurity, UNICEF relies on local partners, Community Education Committees and umbrella organizations with operational access in Central South Somalia. Limited partner capacity for reporting, monitoring and effective financial management continues to be a constraint.
  • Absence of Planning Data
    Effective planning has been hampered by the lack of accurate and reliable data, including Educational Management Information System (EMIS) and enrolment data, while regular monitoring in insecure areas is difficult and often impossible. However, in 2011 the Education Ministries in Puntland and Somaliland with financial and technical support from UNICEF conducted a Primary School Census. In Central South Somalia, UNICEF, the Education Ministry and education stakeholders are currently conducting a pilot school survey in some districts of Mogadishu.





Go‐2‐School Initiative 2013‐2016: Educating for Resilience

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