Improving access to learning

Children affected by crisis and emergencies in Somaliland benefit from the Education Cannot Wait -supported programme

UNICEF Somalia
04 March 2021
UNICEF Somalia/2021

The Education Cannot Wait - supported programme in Somaliland is implemented by UNICEF, in partnership with the Somaliland Ministry of Education and Science, and local partners. The programme recognizes that continuous access to quality learning is a priority for children and families affected by conflicts, natural disasters and displacement and it aims to transform the delivery in education in emergencies.

Through the programme, learners are provided with school supplies, safe drinking water and supplementary feeding. The partners also rehabilitate classrooms, construct durable water solutions, provide incentives to teachers and offer them capacity building to give more children the chance to enrol in school – especially older children who might have never attended school before. Children and parents play a crucial role in implementing the programme as they feed in their priorities and ideas through Child-to-Child Clubs and other community-based platforms. Since its inception in 2019, more than 18,000 children affected by crisis and emergencies across Somaliland have benefitted from the programme.