“Aqeel”: The “Leave the gun and hold the pen” initiative is an example of what can advance the wheel of education in Somalia
Pasha: Independence of educational institutions and combating corruption are prerequisites for promoting the right to education
On the occasion of the World Education Day, and on the sidelines of the third session of the International Day of Education, the African Affairs and Sustainable Development Unit of the Maat Foundation for Peace, Development and Human Rights issued a study entitled "The Right to Education in Somalia ... Why Does the Wheel Not Turn?" Countries that suffer from declining rights, not just education.
The study reported that education is declining in Somalia, especially for women and children, and it also addressed the impact of external interventions on the right to education, especially Turkish interventions that exploit education to serve their interests at the expense of Somalis. She also mentioned the prominent challenges to the education sector in Somalia, which are rampant terrorism, corruption in the government as a whole, lack of funding, as well as political instability that in turn affects education.
In this regard, Ayman Aqil, President of Maat Foundation for Peace, Development and Human Rights stated that there is a need to confront external interference in the internal affairs of education, and to neutralize the educational system away from any political accommodation.
Aqeel stressed that supporting the right to education should come as a first step to confront the proliferation of armed and terrorist groups in the country, noting that an initiative such as “Leave the Weapon and Hold the Pen” that was supported by the Maat Foundation under the umbrella of the Peace Makers and Development Forum comes as an example of the initiatives that must be taken Its development and work on what is similar as a nucleus to advance the educational wheel in the country and confront any extremist ideology.
While Abd al-Rahman Pasha confirmed; The director of the research team at the African Affairs and Sustainable Development Unit of the Foundation said that there is a need to change the stereotype about women’s education in Somalia, stressing the need for women to be present in the educational, training and professional fields, and raising awareness among females to contribute significantly to achieving the basic goal of the educational process, and indicated Pasha pointed out that the independence of educational institutions and the fight against the rampant corruption in the system as a whole is a prerequisite for the advancement of the educational process in Somalia.
It is worth noting that Somalia and Africa in general come within the interest of Maat Foundation for Peace, Development and Human Rights, as it is a member of the General Assembly in the Economic, Social and Cultural Council of the African Union, and also has observer status in the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights, as well as the North African region coordinator in the group of organizations The largest non-governmental organization in Africa of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs.