President Mohamud Promises Glimmer of hope in education sector

Somalia’s Education Ministry organized a national conference at the Afisyoni tent in Mogadishu on Monday to gather pragmatic ideas and recommendations for improving access to quality education in Somalia.

President Mohamud delivered the keynote address, expressing gratitude for his free government education and his lifelong passion for learning.

President Mohamud worked as a university professor and dean at SIMAD University, which he co-founded, before entering politics.He unveiled an ambitious plan to recruit and train at least 10,000 teachers across the country over the next four years.

The Ministry of Education established the conference to agree on the aims, goals, and outcomes of national education, initiate ideas about expanding access and improving the quality of education, explore a governance system that can effectively manage the education sector, and present innovative and visionary ideas that address the existing challenges.

Somalia’s federal government recently pledged to hire 3,800 new public school teachers, and in late February, 8,000 prospective educators took a Ministry of Education examination.

However, according to the Ministry of Education Director General Mohamed Hassan, only 1000 teachers have been on the government payroll for the past five years.

Somalia’s educational sector has been decimated by over two decades of conflict, resulting in low quality, a lack of qualified teachers, and insufficient resources

The National Education Conference will continue until March 17th.

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