Somaliland: MOE Anticipates Record Number of New School Registrations

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Record number sat last year exams/file“New School Year Can Mean New School Successes – Ministry of Education looks forward to continued collaboration with Save the children” DG Ministry of Education and Higher Studies

By: Yusuf M Hasan

HARGEISA (Somalilandsun) – The government is working hard to ensure that all children who call Somaliland home can freely access quality basic education.

The Director General of Ministry of Education and Higher Studies-MOE Mr. Mohamed Hassan Ibrahim informed this, in a press statement that also highlighted the significant contribution Save the Children has made to the education system in Somaliland.

The MOE that anticipates a record number of new registrations during the current school year paid tribute to Save the children for the organizations 20 years of partnership that has resulted in improve quality of life for thousands of Somaliland’s Households and more particularly children.

Said the DG, “New School Year Can Mean New School Successes – Ministry of Education looks forward to continued collaboration with save the children”

While revealing its confidence with Save the Children commitment to fostering change in all aspects of children’s lives in the country the ministry of education said the commitment is expressed by the number of youths who have acquired and benefiting from relevant employment skills.

“The intervention of SCF has also involved advocacy for child friendly policies and laws, and helped our communities to access clean water and improved sanitation,” says the DG

Below are the full verbatim excerpts of the MOE statement

Press release

This week schools all over Somaliland welcomed back old students and greeted many new ones for the first time. It is our strong hope that this scholastic year will witness more Somaliland children attending formal and non-formal education than ever before. We are working hard to ensure that all children who call Somaliland home can access quality basic education. To do this we work in close partnership with a wide range of education partners. In particular we would like to highlight the significant contribution our partner Save the Children has made to the education system in Somaliland.

For over 20 years now we have been working with Save the Children. During this time they have helped to improve the quality of life for thousands of Somaliland’s children.

As our partners in Somaliland’s development we know that Save the Children remains committed to fostering change in all aspects of children’s lives. They have helped our youth to acquire skills for trade, advocated for child friendly policies and laws, and helped our communities to access clean water and improve sanitation. They continue, like we do, to strive for a Somaliland in which every child realises their right to good quality, protective and inclusive education.

We at the Ministry of Education have particularly enjoyed working closely with Save the Children. Their tireless work has helped to expand and enhance access to inclusive quality basic education to children across Somaliland. In the last three years alone, over 11,000 children have managed to access school for the first time thanks to their work.

The construction of schools (since 2009 Save the Children have established, expanded and furnished 93 schools in Somaliland), the provision of learning materials and uniforms, the training of teachers (over 1,500 to date) and the development and printing of curriculum materials have also helped thousands more to benefit both directly and indirectly from their efforts. It is with thanks to the likes of Save the Children that the number of school age children, in particular girls as well as those from poor and marginalised communities, accessing and completing quality primary education is steadily increasing in Somaliland.

The First Annual UN and NGO Exhibition that took place last week proved the need for all of us to work together for the good of Somaliland and its children. We highly value the contribution Save the Children has made so far to both Somaliland’s development and its education system. Their work has, and continues to be, well aligned with our own needs and priorities for education in Somaliland. It is our hope that this partnership has both many further years and successes to come.

In collaboration with ourselves, local communities and other partners, they have helped to improve policy, influence change and support services that empower Somaliland’s children and communities to help themselves.

For further information Contact Mr. Mohamed Hassan Ibrahim the Director General of Ministry of Education and Higher Studies-MOE

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