Education Sector Strategic Plan (ESSP 2017-2021) October 2017


Hargeisa (SH)-The Somaliland Education Sector Strategic Plan (2017-20121) is a detailed planning document that provides a comprehensive outlook of the road map that the Somaliland Education Sector will take over the next five years. The ESSP borrows heavily from an evidence-based Education Sector Analysis (ESA) 2012-2016, looking back at the goals and strategies set in the Education Sector Strategic Plan of 2012- 2016 and the achievements, failures and lessons learned. More importantly, the ESA provides a basis and relevant analytical information for the development of a robust, credible and realistic ESSP (2017-2021).

The global progression from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to Sustainable
Development Goals (SDGs) necessitates that countries and governments develop
credible, reliable yet sustainable strategies and plans that seek to align key sectorial
activities to broader SDG goals. Somaliland is no exception. These broader goals and
objectives are aligned with the principles of Convention of the Rights of the Child (CRC)
that looks at education as a right which plays an important role in the empowerment to
democratic action, social rights and equipping of important lifelong skills.

If well implemented the plan will progressively lead the sector and the country at large towards the achievements of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and in particular the 4th goal of ensuring inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning, the 5th goal to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls, the 10th goal to reduce equalities within and among countries and the 16th goal to promote just, peaceful and inclusive societies.

On a medium to long term basis, sustained identification of keystrategic priorities within the education sector followed through by targeted investment
especially in the TVET sector by donors will lead the country closer to the achievement of
SDG Goal 1 (elimination of extreme poverty) and SDG Goal 8 (inclusive and sustainable
economic growth through employment and decent work for all).

Whereas challenges to the full achievement of some of these goals do exist, the
Somaliland Government, the Ministry of Education, the education donors and
implementing partners are committed to working together to make sufficient progress in
the achievement of these indicators.
This plan is the second ESSP for Somaliland. Some efforts have been made to highlight
key projections throughout the sector where feasible and relevant, although it should be
noted that availability of credible and reliable data continues to be a critical challenge to
an accurate appraisal of the progress made in the sector over the past five years. The
Education Management Information System (EMIS) provides most of the data that has
gone into strengthening arguments and assertions made in these analyses covers only
some subsectors leaving vital data gaps that should be addressed going forward.
Furthermore, the strategy goes beyond a mere statement of objectives and activities of
the education subsectors of Early Childhood Education (ECE), Primary/ABE, Secondary,
Non-Formal Education, TVET and Higher Education but takes into consideration the
linkages with the cross-cutting themes and the roles played in enhancing the quality,
access and effectiveness of the education and training systems.
The plan further builds on the key findings and recommendations from the ESA
Somaliland Education Sector Analysis (2012-2016) and seeks to solidify the
recommendations into key strategies broken down into measurable activities and results
on key indicators for the sector.
The themes of Education Financing, Governance, Curriculum Development, Quality
Assurance, Out of School Children, Internal and External Efficiency, Gender and Equity
have been given prominence in the plan, and in their role in sustaining the main subsectors and their contribution to providing quality education and training services.
In the realization of the increasingly outstanding importance being accorded to matters
related to risk and fragility, the ESSP has delved into useful insights and strategies that
contribute to the capacity to predict and respond to emergencies, building resilience and
peacebuilding limited data notwithstanding.
HE Abdillahi Ibrahim Habane
Minister for Education and Higher Studies
Republic of Somaliland.

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