The Somali education authorities with financial support from the European Union have this week administered the end of secondary school examinations to 33,000 students marking unprecedented subscription to standardized and centralized country-wide examinations. An additional 26,000 pupils also sat for the end of primary school examinations same week. This high turn up for a government sanctioned examinations by Somali pupils and students signals a positive step towards restoration of a government controlled and regulated education services.
The European Union values Kenya's long history of hosting hundreds of thousands of refugees, providing protection to those fleeing persecution, conflicts and other forms of life-threatening insecurity. It is important for the Government of Kenya to maintain its global leadership in this regard.
Against this background, the announcement by the Government of Kenya to close the Dadaab refugee camps and to disband its Department of Refugee Affairs is a matter of concern.
The European Union jointly with the Federal Government of Somalia and Interim Juba Administration launched the second phase of education support for regions in south and central Somalia. The new programme is implemented by ADRA Somalia, together with its consortium partners CISP, Trocaire, Save the Children and Centre for British Teachers, and in close coordination with the Federal and State ministries of education.
On 23-24 February 2016, Turkey hosted, in Istanbul, the third Somalia High Level Partnership Forum (HLPF) co‐chaired by Somali Federal President, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, and UN DSG Jan Eliasson. President Erdogan also chaired part of the proceedings.
Once again civilians have been targeted in attacks in Mogadishu, Somalia.
We extend our condolences to the families of the victims and wish a rapid recovery to the injured in the attack.
The European Union remains committed to supporting Somalia and calls on the Somali authorities, the forces of the African Union mission AMISOM and all members of the international community to unite and intensify their efforts to rid the country of terrorism.
The European Union jointly with the Government of Puntland launched the second phase of the Puntland Education Sector Support Programme. The Waxbarashadu Waa Iftiin (Education is Light) phase II programme launched today is implemented by a consortium of NGOs comprising CARE, Save the Children, ADRA and VU Amsterdam University, and in close coordination with the Ministry of Education, Puntland.