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Understanding education quality makes Somalia a better place for its people

Somalia has not had an effective government for more than 20 years, during which much of the country has been a war-zone.

Education is a human aright but in Somalia children don’t go to school because of financial crises.

During the turmoil in Somalia all public schools were destroyed by civil war but recently some of the private schools have reopened.

Somali parents and community leaders know the importance of education and dream of giving every school-age child a chance to go to school and learn. Many parents and community leaders have taken education into their own hands, but they still don’t have the necessary resources. Because of these obstacles and additional difficult circumstances, millions of children are not getting an education.

Because there are no public schools and the only schools that are open are privately owned this will reduce the educational opportunities available to students who don’t have strong financial support. Its is urgent that the government establish public schools affordable to every class is society.

I met with Ali Yare in IDPs camp in Mogadishu. He told me he has no education and his family can’t ability to pay the fees for school.

“ I live in Sayidka IDPs camp near ex parliament building in Mogadishu. I am 6 years old. I need education- I cant write my name. I want to be a man who helps his poor family in the future. I fled southern of Somalia because there was regular fighting between clans  ” he added.

Pro Abdullahi who is University lecturer asked him how Somalia will be if Somalis understand the quality of education and how education is an important part peace building ? He said. “Somalia only needs educated people.”

The Go to School campaign to get one million Somali children and youth into school was launched a year ago 2013-2016, has led to tens of thousands of children getting an education for the first time, added

Every day, 7-year-old Hassan wakes up in the morning in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu. Hassan has no father, and his 22-year-old mother Halima struggles to raise him without a stable income. Because of his situation, Hassan is forced to leave his mud hut every morning to go to work. He comes home each day tired, hungry and wondering if there is more to life than what he’s experiencing.

Hassan asks his mother every day to send him to school but his mother can’t do it because she has no money.

Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani blogger who survived being shot by the Taliban speaking on her 16th birthday urged the world community to “wage a global struggle against illiteracy, poverty.”

“Education,” she said, “is the only solution.”

Education promotes knowledge, skills and attitudes that will help people either to prevent the occurrence of conflict, resolve conflicts peacefully, or create social conditions conducive to peace.

Peace education can be delivered to people of all ages, in both formal and informal settings. Programmes exist at local, national, and international levels, and in times of peace, conflict, and post-conflict.

Children in Somalia wake up every single day feeling weak, hungry, thirsty and often times not sure when their next meal will come. After two decades of war and instability, Somalia has been devastated and the population continues to suffer.

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.

Education is the key to success because it opens doors for people of all backgrounds, and it expands the human mind with knowledge. The vast amount of knowledge gained through education prepares individuals to solve problems, teach others, function at a higher level and implement transformational ideas. Without education, one’s chances for securing a good job and ascending to a higher economic and social status are often limited.

If we want both justice and peace, then we must work for education.

Written by Hassan Istiila

Twitter: @Hassanistiila