Egypt has sent the first batch of 15 teachers and administrators to Somalia as part of that country’s efforts to rebuild the education sector in Somalia following a bilateral agreement between the two countries.
The teachers who arrived this past week in Mogadishu will run two primary schools in Mogadishu where students will be offered free education with more teachers expected to arrive in the country in the near future.
The Egyptian Consular General Taamir Safwat El-Mahdy in Somalia told Goobjoog News the teachers who are under employment of the Egyptian government will start working at Sheik Hassan Barsame and 15th May School in Mogadishu prior to building of other schools.
“The teachers will initially work at the Sheik Hassan Barsame and 15th May School in Mogadishu before we build new schools. We expect more teachers from Egypt to come to Mogadishu in the near future,” said El-Mahdy.
The diplomat said the decision to deploy teachers in Somalia was in line with his country’s efforts to continue its legacy of contributing to the enhancement of the education sector in Somalia. During the Siad Barre regime which ended in 1991, Egypt and Somalia engaged in various educational exchange and capacity building programmes. This saw many Somali students further their studies through scholarships in Egypt.
One of the teachers, Mohamed Sa’ad said the teachers were ready to begin work in Somalia and looking forward to more teachers coming into the country. He added their arrival was based on his country’s planning to take part in the reconstruction of Somalia’s education sector. “The Egyptian government has been planning to re-open and revamp the education sector once Somalia stabilizes and the time has come,” noted Sa’ad.