Published On: Wed, May 16th, 2012

SOMALILAND: 1100 teachers complete teacher training courses

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

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  1. Kayse says:

    This is good news for all Somalia and in particular the Somaliland region (Waqooyi Galbeed). Education is the movement from darkness to light and this will lit the path to Somalinimo for our Somalis in Somaliland region.

    • Duale says:

      Somalis in Somaliland have already traversed the Path of Somalinimo, but where did that get them?

      As a young Somali who is originally from Somaliland, I believe this was a great blunder by that generation of Somalis and so due my contemporaries.

      Its almost 52 years since the independence of Somaliland from the British and do they have to show for it?

      Some say its all 'Could have', 'Should have' and 'Would have'. But I am proud of my people taking destiny into their own hands

      For the past 21 years they have been trying their best to undo the mistakes of the past. I salute them for bettering themselves and sticking to their guns.

  2. Gobaad says:

    Maasha Allaah, we all know that education is an economical lifeline both for the individual who will pay the tax and the government at the receiving end. It is also good for the country's advancement. It is great that somaliland is paying attention to education and norrowing the gap for the years we missed out.

    Good job Somaliland government for concentrating on education because "aqoon la'aani waa iftiin la'aan"!

  3. Saleebaan Xaaji says:

    This precisely what Somaliland is all about. This kind of news story just a few days before the 21st anniversary of Somaliland clearly demonstrators the nation's path to success.

  4. ComeAgain says:

    A good teacher is like finding a diamond! Makes you excited to go to class and learn. I can say I have had a few teachers who were like that. Very thankful for them, and I hope the best for these teachers and their students.

  5. Omer Hussein Dualeh says:

    Thanks to Madam ZamZam and the President whose vision of uplifting this country has allowed all this. We are proud to that we have built this institution to enlighten and equips the new generation of Somaliland. I praise Madam Zamzam for this achievement, because I know her predecessor was not that keen to reach this stage.

    God, bless Somaliland and its government.

  6. Clement says:

    Hey I want to go to Hargeysa and train Teachers, I have a vast experience. Can you please direct me to the right agent or government organ for recruitment?

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