The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) said on Friday it has provided nearly 50 million dollars in additional education funding to help accelerate learning in Somalia.

Donald Y. Yamamoto, U.S. ambassador to Somalia, said Creative Associates International (CAI) will implement the five-year program dubbed Bar Ama Baro (Teach or Learn in Somali) that aims to increase access to quality education and support accelerated learning for out-of-school children and youth who have been persistently left behind.

Yamamoto said the U.S. government’s investment will give vulnerable Somali students vital skills so that they can contribute in a meaningful way to their society.

“The program focuses on teacher quality and student learning, and invokes the spirit of other successful Somali-led literacy campaigns,” Yamamoto said in a statement issued in Mogadishu.

He said Bar Ama Baro will target Somali out-of-school children and youth between approximately 8-15 years old.

The U.S. envoy said the program aims to: increase student enrollment in schools; create safe spaces to learn; improve students’ literacy, numeracy and socio-emotional skills; and enhance the Federal Government of Somalia’s capacity to support these schools.

Abdullahi Barre, Minister of Education, Culture and Higher Education welcomed the launch of the new U.S. project and overall support from Washington.

“I trust that this intervention will make a positive impact on our education system, particularly access, quality and governance,” said Barre.

Yamamoto said the U.S. government will continue to focus on out-of-school populations, those who are marginalized. Enditem

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