PRESS RELEASE: SOMALIA HERALDS IN A NEW ERA: EDUCATING THE NEXT GENERATION

A female teacher giving instructions to pupils in Kaaran primary school

A female teacher giving instructions to pupils in Kaaran primary school

Mogadishu, 8 september, 2013-Over the next three years more than one million additional Somali children will have a real chance at a fresh start, and access to free public schooling for the first time in two decades.

 The Go-to-School programme is an initiative devised by the Minister of Human Development and Public Services. It will involve building and renovating hundreds of schools, providing youth training facilities, supporting and training new teachers, and encouraging parents and communities to make education a top priority for their girls, as well as their boys. For many, it will be their first time. This is the biggest campaign to get children into the classroom in Somalia in twenty-two years.

 This initiative marks a decisive turning point from the anarchy and lawlessness that has became synonymous with Somalia in the Civil war.

 “Giving children and young people an education is crucial for their own future and that of their family and community. But education is also crucial for maintaining peace and stability. Education can be Somali’s true peace dividend,” said Somalia’s Minister for Human Development and Public Services Dr Maryan Qasim.

 At present only four out of 10 children in Somalia attend schools, and only about one-third of these are girls.

 

A female teacher giving instructions to pupils in Kaaran primary school

A female teacher giving instructions to pupils in Kaaran primary school

‘One of the best and most effective means of reducing poverty and inequality is by investing in the education of children and young people – our future. That is why we are launching the first phase of our Go-To-School Initiative (Aada Dugsiyada) today. Of course this is only the first step in reaching our ultimate goal of providing free quality education to all children across the country” said Somalia’s Minister for Human Development and Public Services Dr Maryan Qasim.

 

The Federal Government has announced that the launch will take place on September 8, 2013, when the Ministry will enrol 100,000 children into public education as part of the first phase of Go2School initiative.

 

September 8 also marks the International Literacy Day, and the enthusiasm from Somali children, their parents and community leaders for the Go 2 School Initiative is extraordinary.

 

The Minister of Education from Puntland, Mr Abdi Farah Juxa said “Our children must come first. We all need to come together and help educate our children. Everyone must play their part, government, parents, teachers and the community at large.”

Local businesses, politicians, religious leaders and elders have pledged support for the campaign. The Somali Diaspora is also engaged and providing funding and encouragement. 

 

To me, education is more than just reading and writing,” Said Dr. Qasim. “I see education as an important tool that can promote peace and stability as well as economic development and prosperity. Children across all of Somalia deserve the very best we can offer them so that they can achieve their full aspirations, not only while they are at school, but for the rest of their lives.”

 

The Go2School program is a nationwide initiative, “This is an excellent opportunity to build on the progress over the past years and to ensure that the children of Somaliland receive the education they need and deserve. “ The Somaliland Minister for Education, Mr Ahmed Nur Fahuye said. “This is one of the Government’s top priorities – to ensure that schools flourish and children have a brighter future.”

 

 

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Contact Details

 

Mohamed Abdulkadir Nur, Director General for the Directorate, Education

email: man_53@live.com    

Tel: +252615506650  

 

Abdullahi A. Omar, Technical Adviser, Education

Tel: +252616757150

Omara639@gmail.com