HARGEISA – Vice-President Abdulrahman A. Ismail on Tuesday congratulated more than 1,100 teachers who concluded school-based teacher training courses in the capital.
Teachers from universities, secondary colleges and primary schools took part in the two-year programme working on a range of measures designed to lift teacher quality.
During a reception held in Mansoor Hotel, Mr. Ismail said teachers and educators were at the centre of the educational process and cultural generativity. He thanked everyone who took part in the programme.
“Teachers are needed to shoulder the heavy responsibilities of fostering students’ engagement in education and delivering quality education,” he said.
Pointing out that good teachers were at the centre of improving education quality, the Vice-President said they were making changes to the education sector. Mr. Ismail said his government is working to improve the welfare of teachers.
Titled “Strengthening Capacity Of Teacher Training (SCOTT) in Somaliland” the programme was funded by the European Commission (EC) and was implemented by Somaliland Teacher Education college with collaboration with Save the Children Foundation (SCF). Other United Nation agencies including United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) took part.
The programme aims to increase teacher training in the next three years by 13 percent (from 1,106 teachers in 2012 to 6,872 teachers in 2015) reducing the percentage of untrained teachers to 5 per cent by 2015.
The Vice-President went on to say in 2011 his administration added 2,000 teachers to the education sector while in this year they have recruited 560 teachers so far.
Finally Amoud University teachers and educators have won the top ten national awards for outstanding teaching and school leadership.
In 2011 the government made primary school free in an effort to increase school enrollment in the region. The government said only 50 to 55 percent of children were attending classrooms and added this year they plan to allocate 10 percent of its budget to education.
With school enrollment steadily mounting in the last three years to all time high, many schools say they facing a critical shortages in teachers, tables and chairs.
The special guests included minister for sports and youth, religious affair minister, minister for relocation and settlement, officials from Care, Save the Children Foundation, deputy minister for higher education and many others.
May 16, 2012