More than three million children in Somalia are out of school.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, and lack of teachers, particularly female teachers, and the low availability of sanitation facilities, stop parents from enrolling children, particularly girls, in school.
More than three million children in Somalia are out of school.
When children make it to school, they are rarely able to benefit from it fully. Classrooms are often overcrowded, water and sanitation facilities are inadequate, and trained teachers and school books are hard to come by. The poor quality of education is reflected in students’ results. Children living with disabilities face even more challenges and adolescent girls are seldom able to complete secondary education.
Children in nomadic pastoralist communities are constantly on the move and often denied their rights for an education. The ongoing conflict and natural disasters also continue to displace children and families, making it very difficult for them to continue schooling.