Transforming Somaliland’s Education Ministry through an innovative retirement scheme
7 January 2013 - In Somaliland, the lack of a pension scheme has led to staff continuing to work at the Ministry of Education and Higher Education well past retirement age – preventing recruitment and management changes needed to revitalize education.
New school offers hope for children in Mogadishu
December 2012- The children of Somali’s capital Mogadishu have a rare cause to celebrate with the opening of a newly renovated school in the city offering free education to pupils.
A school census has collected crucial data to help Somalia achieve quality education for all
27 November 2012 - UNICEF and the Ministries of Education in Puntland and Somaliland have put education reform in the spotlight through the launch of the School Census Statistics Year Book 2011/2012.
Scholarships help Somali girls cross barriers to education
2 October 2012 - For 14-year-old Filsan Faisal Ismail, who lives in Hargeisa district, Somaliland, a school degree would be a bridge to a brighter future.
Education Technical Advisor Ayaan Gulaid speaks about her efforts and hopes for the future of Somali girls
Ayaan Gulaid is one of 10 Somali technical advisors who have returned from abroad to help Somali authorities deliver quality education. She tells Mike Pflanz about her job, and why she left a comfortable life in the UK to work in Somalia.
DG of Education in Puntland speaks about efforts made to help the national education system stand on its feet
DG of Education in Puntland Abdulkadir Yusuf Nur spoke to Mike Pflanz about how an innovative new skills-transfer programme where technically specialised diaspora Somalis partner with officials in his ministry will help increase quality education.
Somalia’s war refugees return home to help build the basics of a national education system
Read about education project pioneered by the European Union (EU) and UNICEF to boost the skills and widen the capabilities of Ministry of Education and improve the overall quality of the education system in Somalia.
In Somalia, UNICEF constructs classrooms and trains teachers for children displaced by conflict
UNICEF is constructing classrooms, training teachers, supplying learning and teaching materials and school uniforms, and distributing vouchers to families to ensure that displaced children receive basic education.
Joint approach to early learning accelerates school success for Somali children
Read about the Integrated Quranic Schools, where religious instruction is still central, but where children are also taught basic literacy and numeracy to prepare them for formal schooling.
Mobile classes give nomadic children their first taste of school
A new scheme for providing education to nomadic children has introduced mobile classrooms – where teachers travel with the children to dry weather pastures – or schools where pupils can come and go without having to start afresh each time.
Student clubs give Somali children a say in how their schools are run
Read about the Child-To-Child Clubs which are small panels of pupils with a representative from each class or grade group, who together discuss issues affecting pupils and recommend action to teachers.
Hawa Aden: a Somali activist who continues to fight for girls’ education
16 March 2011: Hawa Aden is the Director of the Galkayo Education Centre for Peace and Development, a network of schools and projects aimed at helping children – especially girls – start and complete education in Somalia.
Success of Somali schoolgirls helps overcome cultural barriers to girls’ education
Various efforts are underway in Somalia to overcome cultural barriers to girls' education.
Sewing and schooling give Somalia’s teenage girls a fresh start
The teenagers working in the sewing workshop are paid wages according to their production, and at the same time offered education that many of them – from the poorest and most vulnerable families – have so far missed.
“Facts of life” classes help Somalia’s teenage girls stay in school
The Management of Maturation Project is designed to increase school enrolment and reduce the number of children – especially girls – who drop out before completing their education.
Youth Centres inspire Somalia’s adolescents to broaden their horizons
BURAO, Northwest Somalia, "Somaliland, 20 January 2011 - Glancing from the computer screen only occasionally, Fathiya Suleiman taps swiftly at the keyboard, firing off Google Chat messages to a relative thousands of miles away in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia...
Education gives nomadic girl a chance to dream of being a doctor
Erigavo, Northwest Somalia, ‘Somaliland,’ 10 December 2010 - In class 2A, Fahima Mohamed sits tall amongst her schoolfriends, paying close attention in her science class in the remote windswept town of Erigavo, northwest Somalia....
Every child’s right to an education should be fulfilled, says UNICEF
April 2010: “Every child’s right to an education must be fulfilled,” UNICEF Education Specialist Safia Jibril Abdi recently said during the commemoration of the Global Action Week on Education in Northwest Somalia (“Somaliland”)...
Essential education and health supplies reach Somali children
HARGEISA, Somalia, 14 January 2010: Until the most recent school semester, every textbook at Sheikh Nur Primary School was shared by at least four students. But thanks to a new supply, students can now follow their lessons in their very own textbooks...
Peace school strengthens friendship
September 2009: The friendship of two girls who attend the Galkayo Peace School in Northeast Somalia ('Puntland') overcomes local rivalry...
Somalia participates in 'World's Biggest Lesson'
May 2008: Somali children last week took part in the ‘World’s Biggest Lesson,’ joining 7.5 million people from over 100 countries in a ‘lesson’ to ‘teach’ politicians and local leaders about the importance of education for all...
Baidoa school brings cheer to girls
May 2008: Emanating from a modest but completely refurbished building in the small town of Baidoa, one can hear the sound of a thousand voices resonating in song and echoing throughout the town every day…
Education - Tents to the rescue of Somali children
November 2006: 13 October 2006 marked the first anniversary of the opening of a school for internally displaced children of the State House settlement in Hargeisa Northwest Somalia (‘Somaliland’). The settlement has existed for 15 years...
Education - Challenges of working in Somalia
November 2005: Early this year on on 27 July 2005, six people left Kismayo a port-town in southern Somalia headed for Merka, almost 300 km to the north, to a attend a training course organized by UNICEF for 53 mentors of teachers. Little did this group...
Education - Mine girl's dream takes root
December 2004: In 1995 an eight year old girl faced an audience of hundreds of people at an international conference in Geneva and spoke passionately about her plight caused by a landmine that had blown of her legs at an early age...