Somalia commemorates 21st November marked as teachers’ day in Somalia.
Somali teachers have been working in an environment where the rule of the nation grabbed by uneducated young Somali militias and warlords who put their personal interests before the one of the public.
After the collapse Somalia’s popular government, famine compounded by the conflict, which is still raging in Somalia have caused hundreds of thousands of Somali people in the nation to lead life without the candle light of 21 century which is education.
Since Somali central government was toppled early 1990, Somali teachers together with other scholars formed Somali private Education Networks which were the sole responsible for the education of millions of Somali School going children, this was against all odds given the country’s status which has been paradigmatic example of anarchy.
Without education policy act or Unified Curriculum they succeeded to Educate hundred of Somalis from all walks of life; not only the conventional normal school of the children aged between 6-16 but of adults who are immigrating nomad life to that of urban life.
In the treacherous years of lawlessness in the country –they were bold and assertive to open the eyes of many, and give hope to thousands of hopeless youth who now form the back born of Somalia’s recovery.
There are 12 private education networks in the country; they control some 817 schools country wide.
In a report they released recently, the umbrellas employed over 80,000 teachers and another 8,000 staff, making one of the biggest employees in a country hurt by unemployment.
The schools umbrellas also manage to break the barriers within Somalia’s territories with different administrations who don’t always agree on political fronts, like self proclaimed independent state of Somaliland.
It is the Somali teachers who stood and committed to save this country which once passed a stage of ruin and rack.