Somalia is one of the poorest countries in the world and the outbreak of civil war had a devastating effect on education services in the country. By 1994, many schools had been destroyed, learning materials were unavailable and the majority of teachers and students had abandoned education.

Since the collapse of the education system, communities have taken different approaches to establishing locally run education services. While any progress made in the face of the collapse of public education is impressive, all these systems still face enormous challenges. People whose struggle for education has always been difficult, girls and women, disabled people and displaced people, fare worst in times of uncertainty and extreme poverty.



Of its nine million population are living on less than $1.90 a day.


People are in need of humanitarian assistance as a result of conflict and famine.


People in Somalia are facing a triple threat; Covid-19, largest swarms of locusts in history and drought, followed by floods.

what we are doing

Africa Educational Trust (AET), part of the Street Child group, started working in Somalia in 1996, at a time when many organisations were leaving the country after the aborted UN Peacekeeping mission. By working through local staff, organisations and institutions we have been able to continue to operate throughout the country despite successive cycles of drought, famine and conflict.

As part of Street Child, AET continues to support government and community efforts to re-establish formal education at both primary and secondary school levels, provide non-formal education opportunities for people who have missed the chance to attend school as well as provide classes for displaced people, out of school youth and adults living with disabilities, in basic literacy and numeracy, alongside much needed vocational training.


Working in remote and insecure areas of Somalia we provide support to primary and secondary schools to rehabilitate classrooms, improve disability access, provide separate hygiene facilities for girls, teacher training and development and community engagement in the importance of education. During COVID-19 we have also provided handwashing facilities and training for teachers and communities on key prevention measures. Over the past ten years, our long history of working with education ministries has led us to support the development of the national curriculum framework.


We work with single mothers, disabled people and nomadic youth to provide basic literacy and numeracy training, enterprise and financial literacy and vocational skills training to enable these people to develop livelihoods and small businesses often with the support of microloans from our partners – Dahabshiil and Premier Bank. This has resulted in an average of over $30 per month increase in family income for the projects’ participants.


YOUR IMPACT in somalia


Children reached through direct enrolment or school access support.


teachers supported into college to strengthen their qualifications.


Adults reached with livelihoods support to ensure a sustainable income.

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could provide an out of school child in Liberia with an education support package for one year. The package not only includes a school bag, but a clean uniform, exercise books and new pens to work with.


could support a teen mother in Sierra Leone with counselling to return to school as well as a support package to help them stay in school. This package includes food for the baby and sanitary products.


could provide a whole rural primary school in Sierra Leone with the gift of teaching materials and resources to support teacher’s to teach effectively, improving the learning experience in the classroom.


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could purchase a new book bag with stationery for a child who is newly enrolling at one of Street Child's schools in Liberia.


could contribute to the cost of a desk for two children in a classroom in a newly constructed school in Liberia.


could provide a grade 1 class with a set of story books which will allow them to read together as a group.


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