Somalia: USAID announces $6.8 million to boost rural education in Somalia

The U.S. Embassy, ​​through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is proud to announce the Stabilization Through Education Program (STEP) to increase access to education in conflict-affected communities.

STEP is a $6.8 million initiative that will be implemented through the International Organization for Migration (IOM). Over the next 18 months, IOM will work with communities to rehabilitate over 200 damaged classrooms and related school infrastructure, including boundary walls, latrines and water supply systems. These efforts will support Somalia’s new Education Sector Strategic Plan (ESSP) for 2022-2026.

This latest announcement brings USAID’s ongoing investments in education in Somalia to nearly $71 million. USAID also supports the Bar ama Baro (“Teach or Learn”) accelerated basic education program and contributes to the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office’s Somalia Adolescent Girls Education Program. USAID education initiatives will reach more than 160,000 children over the next three years.

US Ambassador to Somalia Larry E. André, Jr. said, “Investing in education is essential for Somalia’s renewal. Education is a powerful engine of economic development and one of the most powerful instruments for reducing poverty and improving health outcomes, gender equality and long-term stability.”

STEP will target communities with limited access to education in hard-to-reach and remote areas, bring communities together to develop community education plans, and rehabilitate or build classrooms and school infrastructure.