- HARGEISA, Somaliland, 2 October 2012 - For 14-year-old Filsan Faisal Ismail, who lives in Hargeisa district, Somaliland, a school degree would be a bridge to a brighter future. But Filsan lost both her parents at an early age. Her aunt looked after her, but couldn’t afford the school fees – leaving Filsan with no option but to drop out of school in the fourth grade.
Lower enrolment for girls
Somali families with low incomes cannot afford school fees, uniforms and learning materials. The limited capacity of authorities to deliver efficient educational services for Somali children is also an obstacle. The rate of enrolment for girls and boys remains low, but for girls it is significantly lower. According to the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, in 2011, the enrolment rate for girls in Somaliland was 38 per cent, compared to that of boys, which was 50 per cent. This difference is attributed to persistent socio-cultural and economic barriers that keep girls, in general, out of school, but that are more pronounced for girls from disadvantaged and marginalized communities.