A ground breaking ceremony for the reconstruction and rehabilitation works of Dayaha Boarding school was held today in Erigavo. The event marks the start of the Dayaha component of the Sool and Sanaag Education Project which aims to improve access to secondary education services for the people of Sool and Sanaag, particularly for children from pastoralist families. The project is implemented by the Somaliland Ministry of Education and Higher Studies and funded by the Somaliland Development Fund (SDF).
Upon completing the reconstruction and rehabilitation works, the school will be fully operational and will serve as a model for boarding schools in the country, providing affordable education to children in the region. The school will be equipped with full boarding facilities, school furniture, text books and a library, as well as laboratory equipment. At the same time the school’s management systems will be re-established as experienced teaching and management staff will be recruited.
The launching event was presided over by Mr. Abdillahi Ibrahim Habane, the Minister of Education and Higher Studies, and attended by other senior government officials including Ahmed Abdi, the Governor of Sanaag, Ismail H. Nur, the Mayor of Erigavo and local community representatives.
Speaking at the event, the Minister of Education and Higher Studies emphasized the importance of education for Somaliland’s children. He also commended the Somaliland Development Fund donors for their support to the education sector and the development of Somaliland. “Education is key for human life, we can only develop if we have a strong educational system in place, and uneducated children are a burden to their parents and the society in general. This school was in a deplorable condition for more than 25 years. Upon completion of the reconstruction works, the school will be fully equipped with boarding and school facilities as well as experienced teachers. Children from Sanaag region will benefit from this boarding school, particularly those from pastoralist families, as it will enable them to complete their secondary education.”
The Somaliland Development Fund is a 4-year fund designed to support the Government of Somaliland (GoSL) filling a critical gap supporting projects that are fully aligned to the National Development Plan (NDP). SDF is currently funded by the Department for International Development (DFID), the Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA), the Royal Norwegian Embassy and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The management of the SDF Secretariat has been contracted to BMB Mott MacDonald, an international consulting company, which is responsible for the management of the Fund on behalf of the Government of Somaliland and the donors. The SDF has allocated funding for the implementation of various activities implemented by the Ministry of Education and Higher Studies.
Visit the SDF Website (www.somalilanddevelopmentfund.org) for more information on the Fund and the different projects.