Equitable Access to Basic Education for all Children
Save the Children has been implementing education programs in Somalia/Somaliland for the last two decades and is currently working in Puntland, Somaliland and South Central. We seek to integrate education with other programs that we’re implementing in Somalia, like child protection, child rights governance, school health/nutrition, as well as child-centred risk reduction in order to bring about a meaningful impact on children’s lives.  Through our education projects, we help build and renovate schools, provide teaching and learning materials, train teachers, and build the capacity of the Ministries of Education in Somalia/Somaliland to help promote policy development and management of the education system. We work with communities to encourage their involvement in school management and we enable children to participate in decision making on matters affecting their rights through children’s activities and welfare clubs. A particular focus has been on developing alternative basic education program that enables pastoralist and urban working children and those who failed to enrol at the right age to catch up on the curriculum.

Hanan, age 7, is a grade 2 student at Hareed Alternative Basic Education School in Somaliland which is supported by Save the Children. Photo Mowlid Mudan / Save the Children

In 2015, in basic education, a total of 102,502 children directly benefited from Save the Children supported interventions. 79,524 primary school age deprived children were specifically enrolled in Country Office supported schools.

  • Formal Education (primary and secondary level): Save the Children provides high quality education to primary and secondary school students across the Somaliland, Puntland and South Central. This includes school infrastructure improvement through classroom construction, rehabilitation and furnishing/equipping; provision of scholastic materials for teachers and students; on-the-job training for Community Education Committees to enable them to fulfil their responsibilities to monitor and support the day-to-day running of the school; pre-service and in-service teacher training; special measures for the enrolment and retention of girls; and inclusive measures for children with disabilities, and ensuring the physical structure of the schools are accessible for disabled children.
  • Alternative Basic Education (ABE): To reach the marginalized children of pastoralist communities, urban working children, girls, children with disabilities and children in IDP settlements, Save the Children has initiated and developed an Alternative Basic Education (ABE) approach flexible enough to fit to the time children are free and parents are willing to send their children to schools. Hence, the program offers an opportunity for children to obtain their education without compromising the support to their families through earning an income or looking after livestock. Through Formal and Non-formal ABE, Save the Children has enrolled 52,595 children (45.9% girls) in 295 schools in Somalia/Somaliland since 2012 and over 80% of these children were retained and completed their primary education.
  • Education in Emergencies (EiE): In areas where children are displaced by conflict, recurrent drought, flash floods, etc. such as Hiran (Beletweyne and Mataban district) and Galgadud (Abdowak and Balanble districts) regions of South Central Somalia, Save the Children, through its Education in Emergency programs has established Temporary Learning Spaces for children which enhanced their wellbeing and provided them with a safe and protective learning environment.
  • Teacher training: To insure the quality of learning Save the Children is providing training and incentives for 623 teachers working in our supported schools. The teachers are trained through pre-service and in-service programs by enrolling them in the major national Universities in Somaliland, Puntland and Mogadishu. Save the Children also provides professional support to the respective Ministries of Education and universities in developing contextually-appropriate teacher training manuals, and provides further technical and managerial support to the respective Ministry of Education in teacher support systems and school supervision to enhance the quality of education and ensure that children are learning.
  • Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET): Save the Children has for many years supported the provision of quality and relevant TVET for the youth of Somalia in an effort to increase access to employment and sustainable livelihoods. Our approach encompasses both institutional based training and enterprise based training.  Towards this SCI has supported the MOE in the development and implementation of vocational Qualification Frame work (VQF) and Vocational Qualification Authority (VQA) for enhancement of managing TVET providers. We also provide employment advisory services and employment promotion service within our TVET centres to support graduates in the transition to the world of work, including linkages with the public and private sectors and facilitating apprenticeships/internships. Successful graduates are provided with business start-up assistance either through provision of toolkits or seed money for self-employment. National employment conferences are organized to explore the challenges affecting youth employment in Somalia and to generate tangible solutions. In 2014, Save the Children enrolled 1,939 youth in Vocational Institutions and Enterprises.
  • Capacity building of education institutions, administrations and systems: In coordination with consortium members, Save the Children has been actively engaged in capacity building of the MOE&HS at central regional, district and school levels, with focus on policy and system setting through embedding technical advisors, and in partnership with Somali universities. As a result, the MoE&HS is increasingly taking responsibility for the strategic direction, leadership and management of the education sector at various levels. The capacity building initiative includes provision of trainings on educational management, planning, budgeting and EMIS and quality assurance;  exposure visits to neighboring countries; as well as support on Joint Education Sector reviews and development of annual action plans. Moreover, Save the Children has supported the MoE&HS in the development of the education and teachers policy, Higher Education Act, and an alternative Basic education strategy which is now part of the national education system. Save the Children continues to support the MOE&HS and its relevant departments in the decentralisation efforts to empower regional education officers (REOs) to manage their districts effectively.

Key partners
CARE, NRC, ADRA, CfBT, Ministry of Education and Higher Schooling (MoE&HS)

Key donors
European Union (EU), Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), NORAD, UNICEF, DANIDA, OCHA/CHF