Somalia has been ravaged by famine and war, leaving a large majority of the population in poverty. Education opportunities for many Somali Girls are somewhat limited. Somalia has one of the world's lowest enrollment rates for primary schools. Only 30 percent of children in Somalia are in school and only 40 percent of those children are girls. This project will give lifesaving and education opportunity for 250, of the most vulnerable girls in Mogadishu's IDP camps.
It's a challenge to educate a girl in Somalia, traditions like FGM and required housework, luck of tuition fees have restricted girls' access to a formal education. There's widespread child marriage perpetuated both through culture and religion. Parents keep girls at home to help them with domestic chores. Poor sanitary and hygiene conditions cause many absences and dropouts of female students. In a culture of strong gender segregation, there is no shared latrines for boys and girls.
We will provide an integrated program of education for the most vulnerable girls. Project will raise awareness concerning the importance of girls' education through their parents. Our team will monitor the girls in the scheme on a regular basis to avoid dropping out from schooling. Girls-friendly spaces will be created like, special latrines for only girls to help girls stay in school and play to enable them to have a childhood well protected, free from FGM and child-marriage.
Education is lifesaving which each girl can access, it is crucial for the protection and healthy development of girls affected by crises. It will rebuild their lives, restore their sense of normalcy and safety, Girls are provided with important life skills that helps children to be self-sufficient, to be heard, and to have more influence on issues that affect them. It is also one of the best tools to invest in their long-term future, and in the peace, stability and economic growth.