Support for IDPs and Refugee Returnees in Dhobley & Kismayo
Conflict and natural disasters are the core drivers of crisis in Somalia, and these crises significantly and disproportionately affect children – particularly those who are internally displaced, from disadvantaged areas, or those living in rural or nomadic communities. Educational opportunities are limited for these children, and where there is provision, the quality is often poor. One of the biggest challenges is a lack of resources, including textbooks.
Through funding from Didymus, WISOM has been able to address this challenge by distributing textbooks, and providing the support of learning coaches, to reach more than 6,066 children and 120 teachers across 5 secondary schools in Kismayo and Dhobley.
Thanks to this project, we have seen a significant improvement in the number of assignments being submitted on time, as students can now access reference materials. Learning coaches are reporting a better culture of reading within the schools, and there is now one textbook for every five students - whereas before the project, 75 children had to share a single book.
Providing teaching and learning materials has not only advanced education outcomes, but has also contributed to improving retention and social inclusion. The support has made significant gains in student enrolment in the target schools.
Ensuring children can access dedicated learning coaches who provide them with constant guidance was designed specifically to promote equality in education for displaced and non-displaced community learners, through an overarching strategy that engages the community, school-age children, teachers and other stakeholders in the region.
The Three-Year Strategy on Resettlement and Complementary Pathways, UNHCR,