Mother Calls for Support to Education in Ceel Dheer PDF Print


Farhiya, a mother of five from Ceel Dheer town in Somalia’s Galgaduud region operates a small shop to support her family. Her husband is unemployed making her the sole bread winner; a trend she says, is common in the area.


Money earned from her shop has to be carefully divided to cater for various household needs but one thing worries Farhiya more, “I want my children to get an education to have a better life in the future but school is expensive. I can’t afford school fees at the moment. It costs US$ 6 a month to maintain a child in primary or inter-mediate school and US$ 12 a month in secondary school,” she notes.


This situation is not unique to Farhiya, people in the area are mostly pastoralists: a fragile economic activity that is susceptible to the recurrent droughts.  The earnings are also insufficient to pay for school. A recent research by CISP’s livelihood project revealed that 64% of the residents of Ceel Dheer earn less than US$ 50 a year. For those who may be lucky to have relatives or friends abroad, remittances may at least help supplement the household income.


With this overstretched income, meeting the most basic needs could be unbearably demanding. “Many families survive with the help of good neighbours and well-wishers. Sometimes we take the little food we have and share it with another family who are worse off than us,” Said Farhiya.


Between 1995 and 2013, CISP collaborated with the community in Ceel Dheer to support the education system. This was done through giving support to teachers as well training education stakeholders on management of education to improve the quality of education.


The business community from Ceel Dheer has also been supportive particularly to Ceel Dheer Primary and Secondary Schools. In 2013, two CISP members of staff, reached out to businessmen form Ceel Dheer working in Mogadishu. They called a meeting in which they highlighted education need in their home area. To this cause, the men opened a kitty which they aim to collect USD 18,000 dollars per year to support the schools. However, more needs to be done.


“At this time, education assistance by humanitarian organizations is not in Ceel Dheer as is the case in other parts of Somalia,’ Farhiya said.


According to UNESCO’s Education for All (EFA) Global Monitoring Report 2013/4, the world will miss the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of Universal primary education that was set to be achieved by 2015. The report further points out that over 28 million children in sub-Saharan Africa are out of school – most of whom live in conflict affected countries. ‘If the recent trend continues, the universal primary education goal will not be achieved for some children in those countries until 2086,’ the report warns.



By Hussein Somo, CISP Field Communication Officer, Mogadishu




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