Schools for Africa
UNICEF has maintained a continuous presence across Somalia since 1972 and has extensive experience engaging with national and local actors, notably with the government, on children’s development and education. Between 2002 and 2009, UNICEF, its partners and the Ministry of Education and other government authorities initiated a campaign to increase access to education with a target of enrolling 1 million children in school. The programme exceeded the initial target, and when it was completed, over 2.4 million children were enrolled in school.
UNICEF is adopting innovative and sustainable methods to help children go back to school, or go to school for the first time, such as providing support to non-formal education through Alternative Basic Education (ABE) centres to increase the enrolment of out-of-school children. Another method is forming and strengthening the community education committees to sustain local engagement, commitment, and support to education for all children. During times of crisis when education is disrupted, UNICEF supports children to receive and continue their education, including by providing psychosocial support, distributing essential teaching and learning materials, establishing safe and protective learning spaces inclusive of WASH facilities, and providing teacher training. Cash grants are also provided to the most vulnerable families to support children to go to school.