Somalia: thousands of schools closed due to floods Somalia: thousands of schools closed due to floods

Somalia: thousands of schools closed due to floods

Somalia: thousands of schools closed due to floods
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In Somalia, more than 37,000 students are deprived of school due to floods which prevent access to the establishment, according to national education officials.

The Hiran region in the center of the country was hit by torrential rains. Schools found themselves submerged by water, making classes impossible.

Parents are concerned about the impact of these disruptions on their children's results in the upcoming national exams. Concerns shared by local teachers who fear the consequences of a prolonged cessation of classes on long-term education.

“Teaching materials were destroyed and classrooms were damaged. It will be very difficult to recover from this, as most students have been displaced to remote locations, and it will be difficult to get them to come back and resume classes,” said Elmi Hashi Dhalin, a teacher in Somalia.

Parents of the students concerned called on the government to intervene.

“Children can’t learn here. There is water everywhere. As parents, we request the Ministry of Education to establish schools on higher ground, so that students can continue their learning activities when the flood season arrives," said Barre Ali Gedi, a parent of student.

Last year, the Somali government held special exams after similar floods disrupted the exam schedule. Authorities say they will do everything in their power to help.

“Students from this region are still worried that they will not be able to participate in the examination exercise despite their hard work and preparation, due to the damage caused by the floods. We hope this will not happen again this year,” said Mustaf Osman Mohamud, director of education in Somalia’s Beledweyn district.

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