An education is a child’s passport out of poverty. In rural Somalia, the most highly prized “possession” that anyone can have is an education. It’s the foundation for higher living standards and an important tool in the long-term eradication of poverty.

In Somalia, rural children – especially girls and boys – often must drop out of school to help their families or travel far away from their homes in order to attend school. In rural families out of every child do not attend school.

YEAR implements teaching session at different parts in Somalia. It also operates orphanage center in Middle shabelle to teach the children basic education and feed them at the center. The orphanage learning center pupils include both orphans, disable and lost children from many places.

The Challenge

Lack of access to quality education is preventing thousands of people from escaping the cycle of extreme poverty around Somalia. Most of the 67% children still out of school are amongst the poorest and hardest to reach. More than half of them are girls and boys and most are living in regions in conflict and in rural areas. Many of the children who do enroll in school are not graduating with even the most basic reading and math skills, often because their schools do not have enough teachers, books or facilities to provide a quality education. Lack of enough resources is a main obstacle in the implementation of this education sector.

YERA aims to open school doors for thousands of children in recent years by eliminating school fees, other costs such as uniforms and testing still prevent children from enrolling, and many poor families need their children (especially daughters) at home to help with chores including farming or collecting water.

 The Opportunity

 Education not only provides children and families with a pathway out of poverty, but it can also yield even bigger returns for the country through its impact on areas such as health and the economy. Educated mothers, for example, are more likely to have smaller families, and have their children immunized and send them to school. Education can also provide families and countries with more economic opportunities and help promote the civic participation which is critical to building democracies.

 Objectives in Education

Build and rehabilitate temporary as well as permanent primary schools in the target areas. Increase access to primary education as well as curriculum improvement. Provision of salary to the teachers for sustainable purposes.

Increase attendances in school by increasing WASH qualities as well as nutrition qualities. Hygiene and Sanitation campaigns in the schools.

Provide trainings on GBV and human rights to the teachers as well as stakeholders such parents. Increase access to water in the schools. Increase quality of hygiene and sanitation at schools by building latrines and providing water.