Somalia: USAID Announces US $ 6.8 Million to Boost Rural Education in Somalia

The US Embassy, ​​through the US Agency for International Development (USAID), is proud to announce the Stabilization through Education Program (STEP) has increased access to education in communities affected by conflict.

STEP is a $ 6.8 million initiative that will be implemented through the International Organization for Migration (IOM). Over the next 18 months, IOM will work to rebuild communities with more than 200 damaged classroom and related school infrastructure, including boundary walls, latrines, and water systems. These efforts will support Somalia’s newly established Education Sector Strategic Plan (ESSP) for 2022-2026.

This latest announcement brings USAID’s ongoing investments in education in Somalia to nearly $ 71 million. USAID also supports the Bar Ama Baro (“Teach or Learn”) accelerated basic education program and contributes to the United Kingdom’s Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office’s Adolescent Girls Education in Somalia Program. USAID’s education programs will reach more than 160,000 children over the next three years.

Larry E. André, Jr., US Ambassador to Somalia, said, “Investment in education is essential for Somalia’s revival. Education is a powerful driver of economic development and one of the strongest instruments to reduce poverty and improve health outcomes, gender equality, and long-term stability. “

STEP will target communities with limited access to education in hard-to-reach and remote areas, bring communities together to develop community-based education plans, and rehabilitate or construct classroom and school infrastructure.