Education programmes in Somali Region
Sumaya Hassan, 14, Grade 8 Somali refugee student playing volleyball with her teammates at the UNICEF supported Melkadida primary school for host community and refugee children.
Sumaya said “I arrived in Ethiopia 8 years ago. I live with my mom. My dad died because of the conflict. This is the only life I remember. I don’t want to go back. This is my home.”
Within refugee camps and host communities in Ethiopia’s Somali region UNICEF is supporting the education of Somali children. Through a partnership with NGO Right to Play UNICEF is linking host and refugee schools through sport and play by introducing sports clubs and tournaments and play-based learning training for teachers who deliver engaging activities to students. The activities enhance mind-body connections, improves social bonding and problem-solving abilities, and fosters community engagement and social activism. Host and refugee primary schools come together through joint activities to promote integration, which in turn provides a more conducive environment for self-reliance. UNICEF is also investing in the construction of a new and inclusive secondary school in Melkadida for host and refugee populations, that includes 16 classrooms, sex-segregated latrines, a library, science laboratory and teacher’s administrative facilities. Other activities supported by UNICEF in the region include the delivery of solar panels, television screens and learning materials for schools.” 25-March-2019 ©UNICEF Ethiopia/2019/Mulugeta Ayene