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First year of Somalia’s Go 2 School Campaign sees thousands of children in class for the first time

UNICEF Somalia/2013/Ohanesian
© UNICEF Somalia/2013/Ohanesian
Girls attending a school in Somalia. The Go 2 School campaign aims to provide quality access to education for girls and boys.

Mogadishu/ Garowe/ Hargeisa: 8 September 2014 - The Go 2 School campaign to get one million Somali children and youth into school which was launched a year ago today, has led to tens of thousands of children getting an education for the first time.

The three year Go 2 School Campaign, led by the Somali Education Authorities, supported by UNICEF and other international partners, was launched on 8 September 2013 - World Literacy Day in Mogadishu, Garowe (Puntland) and Hargeisa (Somaliland).

During the past year, nearly 40,000 children in Central South Somalia, where enrolment figures have been lowest, have started formal primary education. The campaign also included building and renovating schools, training and supporting teachers and building up the capacity of the Ministries. In Central South Somalia, the programme was divided into three phases with phase one laying much of the required foundations and taking place from September 2013 to September 2014. Nearly three quarters of the planned school construction for phase one was completed and 93 per cent of the teachers recruited and supported.

In Puntland and Somaliland, the figures for enrolment increase will be published with the Education Management Information System (EMIS) data in October 2014, however initial modest estimates put those figures at 8,000 in Puntland and 10,000 in Somaliland.

UNICEF Somalia/2013/Ohanesian
© UNICEF Somalia/2013/Ohanesian
Children at a school in Mogadishu where thousands of children have attended class for the first time following the Go2School campaign launched a year ago.

Much work remains to be done in phase two and three of the programme requiring nearly double the efforts in school construction and teachers recruitment and support compared to phase one. In particular, additional work needs to take place to help marginalized, out of school children including pastoralists and the internally displaced get into school and on increasing enrolment in Puntland and Somaliland.

The Go 2 School Initiative, which will cost $117 million over three years, is being supported by UNICEF, WFP and UNESCO along with a number of International NGOs. Funds from the European Union, USAID and the UK’s Department for International Development DFID have been granted to a consortium of NGOs. Japan, the Global Partnership for Education, the Danish International Development Agency DANIDA, Educate A Child and The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation have made commitments.



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