EU supported Somalia education sector review meeting closes in Mogadishu
Joint Press Release-Mogadishu, December 5, 2016 – An annual two day Somalia education sector review meeting supported
by the EU has closed in Mogadishu today. The meeting which brought together education stakeholders
from the Federal Government, Jubaland, Puntland, South-west, Galmudug and the newly formed
HirShabelle State has served to review the performance of the sector in 2016 and also to plan for 2017.
“This meeting provide the Federal Ministry of Education with a good opportunity to assess its performance in 2016,
and set realistic and achievable goals for subsequent years”, said Dr. Abdulkadir Abdi Hashi, Minister for
Education, Culture and Higher Education. “The Action Plan from this meeting will go a long way towards
ensuring a strong and vibrant education sector for Somalia”.
The education sector in Somalia has evolved over the years recording significant growth both in
infrastructure and capacity to better manage and coordinate education services in Somalia. The Somali
Compact has also laid a strong foundation for building a reliable, transparent, accountable and
functioning education sector in Somalia.
“An educated Somali society will be better placed to help forge the future they desire while providing the necessary
manpower the country needs to grow and develop in a post-conflict set up. This is why the EU has hugely invested
in education in Somalia and continues to support the government’s efforts to expand education opportunities for
Somali children across the country”, EU Ambassador to Somalia, Ms. Veronique Lorenzo said.
“This two-day workshop was a good platform to addresses critical educational issue that prevent Somali children
from accessing good quality education. We have discussed the ways of working towards the realization of the
education policies and programmes which are inclusive and relevant to the education needs of vulnerable and
disadvantaged groups”, said the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education, Culture & Higher
Education of the Federal Government Mr. Ahmed Hassen Yussuf.