Academic institutions in Somalia were affected gradually in the four decades since the country started experiencing political turmoil leading to the collapse of the government. For many children across Somalia, access to education is a dream come true. The education system is characterized by inadequate learning resources and is affected by high rates of insecurity and natural disasters experienced in the country. FinnSom Society’s research on Somalia’s education needs indicates Somalia’s education system requires urgent assistance from international humanitarian organizations and Somalis living in the diaspora to turn the situation around and avail education opportunities to every deserving Somali child.
Averagely, each year 3 million children are reported to be out of school in Somalia, with a majority being girls due to the ongoing challenges frustrating education accessibility and the community preference for educating the boy child[i]. Ultimately, such shortcoming affects the quality of labor output, which sequentially affects the growth and development of the Somali economy. Somalia must improve its education system if any significant developments have to be realized. FinnSom society appeals to the international community, governments, and especially Somalis in the diaspora to unite through funding, providing, and transferring education skills and assist the Somali child access education like other children across the globe.
FinnSom society has engaged Somalia in many education initiatives to improve the quality of labor output, such as establishing the Somalia institute of public administration (SIPAM) as a professional institute. Also, coordination of resources to alleviate circumstances that make it difficult for children to access education.