In support of the people of Ceelasha Biyaha, providing educational services to the community
Using a participatory community consultation process, the Ceelasha Biyaha community prioritized the construction of a school that will function as a primary school in the morning and an educational centre for adults in the evening. This will address the critical educational needs of both children and adults in the area.
Ceelasha Biyaha is a cluster of approximately 12 villages and lies 35 kilometers East of Balanbale town in Galguduud Region, of Galmudug State. More specifically, it is on the road halfway between Balanbale and Abudwak. The local community are currently sending their children all the way to Abudwaq or Balanbale Town to access primary education. Due to the distance, children (primarily boys) are sent to live with their relatives in Abudwak or Balanbale town to access schools. This distance and lack of a local school within Ceelasha Biyaha has hampered children’s access to education, especially girls. Construction of a primary school in the area will allow for families to be reunited, as parents no longer need to send their school-aged children to relatives living in neighboring districts. As the school will be located within Ceelasha Biyaha, this accessibility may encourage more families to send both girls and boys to school. In addition, not only will the school provide education to primary school-aged children in the morning, but it will also function as a learning centre for adult education in the afternoon. Building a school in Ceelasha Biyaha will enable access to education to all the local school aged children and adults in the area.
Construction of the school can be done through the matching grant activity under Daryeel project, which supplements the funds raised by the community at a set ratio. As the primary school will benefit all those residing in Ceelasha Biyaha, which requires collaboration across different groups and clans, the matching grant ratio will be 1 to 2. Community contribution expected is $10,000 with the project matching $20,000.
The primary school was identified as a priority project through inclusive Community Based Planning (CBP) conducted in Ceelasha Biyaha in April 2021. This process was government-led, and community-owned bringing together representatives from different socioeconomic groups in the community to jointly assess their location including mapping resources, understanding the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats to the community, and to identify the priorities of the community.
Thank you for contributing towards building the educational foundations of Ceelasha Biyaha through the construction of a school. This will benefit both children and adults in Ceelasha Biyaha community!