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Somalia Hopes To Counter Al Shabaab With New Education Curriculum

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Africanews

Somalia Hopes To Counter Al Shabaab With New Education Curriculum

Somalia’s government is implementing a new curriculum for primary and secondary school students, for the first time since the civil war broke out in 1991.

In the past, schools had to make do with whatever materials came to hand. More than 40 curricula were used across Somalia, creating a hodgepodge of competing education systems in a variety of languages, the government said.

Schools sourced textbooks from more than 10 countries during the civil war and English and Arabic replaced Somali as the language of instruction.

What has changed

Up to 2 million textbooks printed in Somali have been issued to pupils in most of Somalia since August and their schools have synchronised academic terms, the ministry of education said.

The new books cover English, Arabic, Somali, maths, Islamic studies, science, physical education, technology, and social studies.

Read more: https://www.africanews.com/2019/10/04/somalia-hopes-to-counter-al-shabaab-with-new-education-curriculum/