Schools, Mobilizing Communities, and Supporting Female
Teacher Trainees in Somaliland
November 2003-July 2005
on the outcomes of the BEPS Somalia education sector
assessment, USAID designed an education program strategy.
This strategy identified how available resources would
be used to support education activities in Somaliland,
the Northwest Zone of Somalia. BEPS has assisted in implementing
this education program in Somaliland.
BEPS worked with interested
parties in Nairobi, Kenya and Hargeisa, Somaliland starting
in November 2003 to
find out how USAID's input into the education sector
could complement current donor efforts. The BEPS team
is working with USAID on an education program focused
on improving schools, bringing more women and girls into
teaching, and mobilizing community support for these
efforts. BEPS has also worked directly with the teacher
training college in Hargeisa to help form a board of
directors and put financial management systems in place.
The current program has school improvement plans in place
in 15 schools across three regions of western Somaliland:
Toghdeer, Sahil, and Awdal. Community mobilization is
in motion in these communities and the program is working
with community education committees at each of these
schools. School improvement includes building pit latrines,
providing additional classrooms, securing school furniture,
and/or supplying school materials, depending on the local
need. In addition, communities have helped identify 20
female scholarship recipients who enrolled in October
2004 at the Somaliland Teacher Education College in Hargeisa
under this program.