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Working Towards Improved Girls’ Education in Somalia

 Somalia once had a comprehensive education system that provided free and inclusive education to Somali children from pre-school to university. Years of conflict and political instability have devastated that system. Today, Somalia has one of the world's lowest enrolment rates for children of primary school age specially girls. The overall number of children in schools are very low, with girls being fewer than boys. The number of female students in universities is also very little compared to male students. 

The traditional belief in the country doesn’t give a priority for girls’ education. Some parents believe that the end of girl’s education is the home of her husband and not expect to see the benefits, so they better prioritize educating boys who they see as supportive, there is a Somali saying which states “an educated woman is an educated society”.

The challenges girls in schools face include lack of encouragement from the community, home and in school, early marriages is also another factor affecting education in Somalia. There is a commonly known saying which is ‘at the end, educated girls become a professors at the kitchen’ so that is a demoralization to girls

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How do I get Involved with ADRA Somalia

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Besides your donations and prayers, there are many other practical ways you can make a difference on a global scale. Here you will find a variety of resources to help you engage your family, church, school and community to make a difference in the world[+]

Our Current Project Maps


The goal for the maps is to illustrate the interventions ADRA is currently involved in. Visit the ADRA Project Maps to see the latest available information on our Various projects in Somalia. If you cannot find a project you are looking for, please check back regularly.[+Maps]

A Deeper Look at Somalia

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Between the 7th and 10th cent., immigrant Muslim Arabs and Persians established trading posts along Somalia's Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean coasts; Mogadishu began its existence as a trading station. During the 15th and 16th cent., Somali warriors regularly joined the armies of the Muslim sultanates in their battles with Christian Ethiopia[+]