BARAWE DISTRICT EDUCATION OFFICE, ACADEMIC CONFERENCE HALL AND LIBRARY
Using a participatory community based education planning (CBEP) consultation process, the Barawa community prioritized responding to the lack of a district education office, a public library and an academic conference hall that is hindering the district’s ability to hold education meetings and consultations. The lack of a district education office is also hindering the ability for the South West Ministry of Education to effectively address education gaps as well as the ability for the community to have a space to voice their educational concerns in the district. Barawe has a District Education Officer (DEO) representing the Ministry based in the town.
Recently, the SWS Ministry of Education and Barawe local administration led a CBEP process and social cohesion meetings. The CBEP generated dialogue at Barawe district and town levels to build momentum behind common goals for their district level education needs and the social cohesion meetings created spaces in which the community of Barawe were able to voice their priorities and actively participate.
Barawa is in the Southwest of Somalia, and southernmost city of the Banadir coast. It lies approximately 200km south of Mogadishu. Barawe is the capital of the SWS. It functions as a port town in the southwestern Lower Shebelle Region of Somali, and borders with Marka on the north side.
The community in Barawe has shown great interest in participating in the community-based education project planning and matching grant sessions through the USAID funded Stabilization Through Education Program (STEP) implemented by the International Organization for Migration, and in partnership with Creative Associate’s Bar ama Baro program. STEP aims to strengthen the government-led, community-driven expansion of access to quality education for out-of-school children and youth to build local institutions. The CBEP includes supporting the communities, through Community Education Committees (CECs) in mobilizing for resources for priorities identified. The community prioritized piloting the matching grants with the construction of a district education office, library plus an academic conference hall. The construction of the education office, public library and academic conference hall will seek to promote social-education development and enhance easy and reliable educational services for the district population. The matching grant ratio will be 1:5 The community contribution is expected to be $20,000 with STEP matching $100,000. Hence the total cost of the community project will be $120,000 (district office, library and academic conference hall).
Thank you for contributing towards promoting community engagement and resilience around education, and fosterING partnerships with the government at all levels to establish public education office and space that will give an atmosphere of equitable resource mobilization, sound education environment and recreational centre to ensure peace and social cohesion is uplifted through education.