Somalia: Egypt pledges 200 Scholarships to Somali students

Published: August 29, 2015

Somalia's minister revealed the educational scholarships in the weekly cabinet meeting
Somalia’s minister (L) announced the educational scholarships in the weekly cabinet meeting

Egypt has pledged to offer scholarships to 200 Somali students willing to study in Egyptian institutions, a Somali government Minister has revealed.
Somalia’s minister of Higher Education Khadra Bashir Ali made the announcement in the weekly-cabinet meeting held in Mogadishu. The pledge was part of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed between officials from both governments.
As part of the agreement, Forty Somali teachers will also be sent for technical training, added the minister.
Mrs Khadra hailed Egypt’s active role towards the revival of Somalia’s education sector and offering educational scholarships.
Decades of civil war and the collapse of the central government have left a devastating effect on education services in Somalia. By 1994, many schools had been destroyed, learning materials were unavailable and the majority of teachers and students had abandoned education.
Since the collapse of the education system, communities have taken different approaches to establishing locally run education services. While any progress made in the face of the collapse of public education is impressive, all these systems face enormous challenges. People whose struggle for education has always been difficult – girls and women, disabled people and displaced people – fare worst in times of uncertainty and extreme poverty.
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