The Somali Youth Leaner’s Initiative Program is a USAID funded program implemented by Mercy Corps in collaboration with the ministry of Education and higher Studies of Somaliland along with consortium partners CARE International and SONYO. The Program is a five-year program targeting all regions in Somaliland with a main goal to increase education, economic and civic participation opportunities for Somali youth and to reduce instability.
Mercy Corps in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Higher studies of Somaliland and consortium members, implemented the five-year SYLI program that aimed to increase equitable access to secondary education and that provided non-formal educational and civic engagement opportunities to out-of-school youth. The program alleviated classroom overcrowding and increased enrollment by rehabilitating and building over 100 classrooms as well as over 150 structures for the schools, including new latrines that have separate boys and girls facilities, staff offices and water tanks across Somaliland. The program has also improved the quality and management of secondary education through in-service training of over 800 teachers and 130 pre-service female teachers as well as establishment and training of 23 community education committees. To improve the quality education in Somaliland, SYLI program has supported the provision of teaching and learning materials to schools, and provided technical assistance to the ministry of Education, including support for the promulgation of Somaliland’s Education policy.
As regards to the program resourcefulness and alacrity to further improve quality education, Mercy corps handed over Sciences Laboratories instruments and chemicals to 4 secondary schools in Somaliland namely Farah Omar Bursade, Sheikh Ali Jowhar and Mohamud Ahmed Ali to MOE represented by the Director general and other officers. Moreover, in the same events Schools Improvement Project materials (SIP in-kind materials) is distributed to 4 Mercy corps supported schools namely Farah Omar, Ga’an Libah and Bursade. In addition, Mercy corps team also handed over 5000 secondary school register books to the Director General in the same event.