The technical workshop was follow up from a previous workshop organized jointly by the EU Delegation and the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation, as the future National Authorizing officer and chaired by the Deputy Prime Minister on late June this year. The workshop was to identify main priorities on Education and Resilience for the 11th European Development Fund envelope for Somalia.

The Minister of Education H.E. Khadra Bashir Ali has welcomed the distinguished participants and expressed her gratitude to attend this event Co-sponsored by Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation and European Union Delegation to Somalia and apprise that EU is the largest donor for education and FGS is grateful.

The Deputy Minister of Education H.E. Hamud Hassan mentioned two important points based on their coming future.

  • There’s a big plan to unite the education umbrellas regarding the national examinations and certificates.
  • Also there’s a plan of regaining the historical school names that Somalia had before and to rebuild it soon since in Mogadishu we have 14 schools.the ministry is working on creating the Faculty of Education under the Somali National University.

The EU Head of Cooperation Daria Fane expressed her gratitude to meet the respective government institution and other organisations on this important engagement.Here is the raised point from the EU Head of Cooperation.

  • Education and Resilience is one of the major programs we are currently implementing in Somalia and our future interventions.
  • Had two engagements with the Federal Government after NIP when the PM met the EU representatives regarding the Somali Compact at state and regional level interventions.
  • The PSG’s is important for both our side and the Federal Government to share the priorities from the government institutions for the future interventions and that’s how EU funds passed on.
  • The EU supports the regional administrations. And there’s 30m Euros for Resilience in Somalia.

Mohamed Sabul from EU Delegation to Somalia on Education mentioned that the EU allocated 85m Euros from the 10th EDF and went to Somaliland, Puntland, South Central, Kismayo and Bay region as well as the Dadaab Refugee Camp. Sector wide education program on 11th EDF is (ESSP – Education Sector Strategic Plan). And they prepared 61m Euros to all over Somalia on 11th EDF as well.

The EU is working on reporting and helping the Somali refugees coming from Yemen to their motherland and they are willing to help those refugees.

The Ministry of Education has areas of considerations and here is their perspective in its categories form.

 ACCESS AND EQUITY

  • Infrastructure and Facilities (Sports and extra curriculum and Girl safe spaces).
  • Community mobilization.
  • School feeding programs.
  • Scholarships.
  • Education for marginalized groups.
  • Rural education.
  • Support for public schools.

QUALITY

  • Teacher training’s.
  • Female Teachers.
  • Teacher salaries.
  • Teacher guides.
  • Text books and scholarships.
  •  Reference to previous curriculum.
  • National Curriculum.
  •  Quality assurance and accreditation.
  • Policy framework.
  •  Labs and libraries.

CAPACITY DEVELOPMENT

  • Policy and regulatory framework.
  • Education management and information system.
  • Sector analysis and update of ESSP.
  • Capacity and support to the Ministry.
  • Training for staff.
  • Technical officers / advisers.
  • Decentralization.

YOUTH AND COUNTER-REDICALIZATION

  • Long term TVET.
  • Training of TVET teachers.
  • Curriculum development.
  • Youth engagements for social programs.

The Resilience session, the participant’s discussions were productive and everybody has contributed an idea and gathered a lot of priorities, they’ve spent some time to shortlist the suggested priorities and the following are the three top priorities they’ve raised:

  • Infrastructure Rehab.
  • Linking the three key which are Livestock, Fishery and Agriculture to business and making it more effective.
  • Capacity Building – Institutionally.