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Somalia, 26 May 2016: Female teachers go back to school to learn leadership skills

© UNICEF Somalia/2016/ Hashimoto
Fatuma Dau'd, a Social Sciences teacher from Hargeisa listens in class.

May 2016 – Fatuma Hussein Dau’d, a primary school teacher in Somaliland’s capital city Hargeisa, has been teaching social studies for nearly forty years but never felt confident about taking on a more senior position. However, she has just graduated from an 18 month training programme, supported by UNICEF and the Global Partnership for Education, and now feels ready to move upwards in the system.

Fatuma says the diploma course in Education Management and Leadership helped to give her the confidence and management skills she lacked.

“We gained practical skills on school management and leadership techniques. The course boosted our morale, and now we are well equipped and confident to be qualified head teachers,” said Fatuma.

Fewer than one in five primary school teachers in Somalia are women and less than half of girls in Somaliland attend primary school. Those graduating from the diploma believe more female Head Teachers in schools will not only provide positive, professional role models for girls, but will also encourage gender-sensitive policies and strategies.

© UNICEF Somalia/2016/ Hashimoto
Female teachers take part in an 18 month training programme on Education management and leadership in Hargeisa.

“We can make big difference now,” says Layla Mohamed, another graduate from the diploma programme who has been teaching English since 1992. “We acquired knowledge on how to manage people and we can easily demonstrate role model skills to attract more girls to school.”

In Somaliland, the Ministry of Education and Higher Studies is committed to increasing the number of female Head Teachers. With the support of the Global Partnership on Education and UNICEF, this diploma in Education Management and Leadership was aimed at developing the capacity of 54 female teachers in management and leadership and enabling them to learn about educational management, educational governance, financial management, and human resources management. All those on the part-time course successfully graduated.

Strengthening the Somali education system urgently requires more qualified/ certified teachers – particularly women. In 2015 UNICEF supported the training of 1,378 teachers, including 392 women. At the same time 3,355 teachers and head teachers (16 per cent women) received incentives to continue their work.



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