Finland helps Somalia expand educational services for children

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Finland helps Somalia expand educational services for children

MOGADISHU, Somalia – Somali Education and Culture Minister Abdullahi Abukar Haji said 7.65 million euros donated by Finland will be used for the expansion of schools in the Horn of Africa country, which has struggled with instability for more than three decades.

Throughout this period, the country has failed to get the education system back on track, which is not layered despite efforts to overhaul. However, there have been deliberate attempts to streamline the system by various stakeholders.

Finland, a financial partner close to Mogadishu, said the money will boost education services for children, adding that the money will be administered by UNICEF, which has boosted education in Somalia.

Abukar, who has previously been criticized for not merging the federal education system with those in some states, said more schools would be built with the money. Finland has indicated that it will continue to support this country.

“Finland is extremely happy to launch this partnership with UNICEF for the benefit of Somali children,” said Finnish Ambassador His Excellency Pirkka Tapiola.

“Education is a fundamental human right and a priority in Finland’s development cooperation. Our aim is to support the inclusiveness of education systems at all levels of government. It is crucial to support equal access to education services and to build capacity to improve learning outcomes. It requires well-trained teachers and investments in better teaching and learning practices and educational environments. “

UNICEF support to the education sector aims to expand access to preschool and primary education and to ensure that children acquire the learning outcomes and skills necessary to be successful later in life. This commitment aligns directly with the government sector policy priorities set out in the Education Sector Strategic Plan.

“Finland’s contribution comes at a critical time as we are just starting our new five-year country program of cooperation with the government of Somalia,” said UNICEF representative Mohamed Ayoya.

“The program sets ambitious goals to double primary school enrollment, improve the quality of education and strengthen the capacity of our government partners to deliver a more equitable education to all children. Providing every child with a chance to learn is the best investment a nation can make, and we are proud to be a part of that effort in Somalia.

Significant efforts have been made by the government in recent years to increase the proportion of children enrolled in quality school services and complete a full cycle of primary education.

However, a significant number of children remain, especially those residing in rural areas and those from the poorest families, whose rights to basic education are violated. Investing in the education of Somali children is a key way to reduce poverty and boost sustainable economic growth.

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