Somalia’s public education system has been hampered by 30 years of conflict, poverty, weak governance, and climate change, affecting nearly 3 million people.
That includes 1.4 million girls, who require assistance to attend school.
Somalia was once considered one of the leading countries in the Horn of Africa for quality education, owing to a free schooling system.
This ended with the collapse of the central government in the early 1990s, with children’s enrollment in educational institutions plummeting.
Ever since, the country has been grappling with several other challenges, including conflict, poverty, and budget cuts to the education sector.
The latest U.N. statistic shows barely 33% of children are attending school.