Somalia’s Education Crisis
Somalia’s national education system was destroyed in the wake of the civil conflict that has plagued the country since 1991. Most schools were destroyed in the conflict, leaving entire generations of children with no place to learn. Somalia’s current education infrastructure continues to suffer from serious impediments like inadequate schooling facilities, shortage of qualified teachers, inadequate textbooks, lack of standardized curriculum, and gender enrollment disparity.
Despite the lack of resources, Somali parents and community leaders have taken education into their own hands to ensure that this generation of children can go to school. Even though they are doing everything they can, many school systems are still rudimentary and much of the infrastructure is makeshift. For many communities, school is held in make-shift classrooms made of sticks or in dilapidated tents. We empower these communities by supporting construction projects to build and improve community-managed schools.
Since 2010, we have empowered 8 Somali communities to build classrooms, toilets, water tanks and dormitories. The new infrastructure has increased the quality of education and allowed each school to recruit more teachers and accept more students. In fact, student enrollment has increased by an average of 15% at the schools that we’ve sponsored. We believe that Somalia’s future starts in the classroom and our work is helping more children go to school.