Education for a better tomorrow

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We believe that proper learning environment is critical for ensuring that leaning takes place.

Bani’Adam Relief and Development knows that the right to education is a human right. Although it’s a right of all children, more often than not, populations in conflict like Somalia secure it on their own or do not secure it at all. This right is highlighted in the United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of the Child, adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1989. Article 28 of this Convention proclaims education as a basic right, and one that should be “free and compulsory” as a matter of urgent priority.

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Bani’Adam Relief and Development knows that the right to education is a human right. Although it’s a right of all children, more often than not, populations in conflict like Somalia secure it on their own or do not secure it at all. This right is highlighted in the United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of the Child, adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1989. Article 28 of this Convention proclaims education as a basic right, and one that should be “free and compulsory” as a matter of urgent priority.

Bani’Adam has implemented several education programs focusing on school infrastructure support especially in the construction of new and rehabilitation of classrooms for the leaners. It’s a well-known fact that in emergency situations, education can provide physical and psycho-social protection, which can be both life-saving and life-sustaining but little of the education process during or immediately following conflict or displacements is discussed. This omission may seem curious, but it’s actually part of a larger challenge confronting Bani’Adam in addressing education sector needs.

The continued conflict in South Central Somalia has kept a considerable number of children out of schools. Most rural villages lack schools to send their children to. Some of the old government school buildings are completely dilapidated as a result of the many years of neglect. Although school is supposed to be free, it is common for schools to require payment for teachers, books, uniforms, and other fees from the parents of pupils. Since money is usually scarce for host communities and internally displaced families, especially those headed by women, school is usually not possible for displaced children even when an opening exists. The result of all these roadblocks is an education system that is at best discouraging to all. Inside IDP camps it is rare to find displaced children attending school, but it’s common to find school-aged children working at home or in the street.

With funding not yet sufficient to meet the education needs of most children in Somalia, there is urgent need for support towards education sector. The intractability of some funding agencies on the subject of emergency education is troubling. Support for emergency education is a relatively low-cost investment. Bani’Adam believes that education facilitates the organization of IDP camps, and frees up parents’ time to address issues, like water and sanitation, search for food and employment. Schools are often a tool for protection. In Somalia young boys not in school have been targeted for service in militias. Formal education always promises to replace the inactivity, boredom, restlessness, and even violence that face communities and displaced children with order, structure and hope. Education programs support normalcy; their absence invites chaos. Education programs can be helpful in addressing trauma with constructive activity, and provide an environment for identifying and referring severe child trauma cases to health professionals.

In short, by strengthening children’s mental health generally and facilitating recovery from trauma specifically, emergency education is a therapeutic intervention. “Lifesaving” is not only a question of saving bodies—it is also a question of psychological rescue. Bani’Adam Relief and Development Organization welcome you in joining hands to address huge education needs in South Central Somalia

Snapshot of Bani’Adam Education program