Finland contributes EUR 7.65 million to improve educational opportunities for Somali children

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Mogadishu, 7 December 2021: The Government of Finland has today announced a grant of € 7.65 million to support the strengthening of education services for Somali children. The grant will be administered through UNICEF Somalia’s training program.

Speaking at the launch of this partnership in Mogadishu today, the Federal Minister of Education and Higher Education, Honorable Abdullahi Abukar Haji, said that the partnership would increase accessibility to schools for the many children who went out of school.

“Finland is extremely pleased to enter into this partnership with UNICEF for the benefit of Somali children,” said Finland’s Ambassador Hans excella Pirkka Tapiola. “Education is a fundamental human right and a priority in Finland’s development cooperation. Our goal is to support the integration of education systems at all administrative levels. It is crucial to support equal access to education services and strengthen the capacity to improve learning outcomes. This requires well-trained teachers and investment in better teaching and learning methods and educational environments. “

UNICEF’s support for the education sector aims to increase access to pre-school and primary education and to ensure that children receive the learning outcomes and skills needed to succeed later in life. This commitment is directly in line with government sector policy priorities articulated in the education sector’s strategic plan.

“Finland’s contribution comes at a critical time when we have just begun our new, five-year country program of co-operation with the Government of Somalia,” said UNICEF Representative Mohamed Ayoya. the quality of education and strengthen the capacity of our government partners to provide a fairer education for all children. Giving all children a chance to learn is the best investment any nation can make, and we are proud to be a part of this work in Somalia. ”

Significant efforts have been made by the government in recent years to increase the proportion of children enrolled in high-quality school services and complete an entire cycle in primary school. However, there are still a significant number of children, especially those living in rural areas and those from the poorest families, whose right to basic education is denied. Investing in the education of Somali children is a crucial way of reducing poverty, promoting sustainable economic growth and preventing inequality, as well as contributing to gender equality and strengthening the autonomy of children and young people.

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