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COVID-19 Responses and Education in Somalia/Somaliland

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Abstract: The research explored theeducational and broader social impacts of COVID-19 control measures and efforts to compensate for those measures in the educationsector (e.g. by online teaching) in Somalia Somaliland. It did so through 131interviews and four focus group discussions with forty government educationalofficials, educators and the public with a wide range of educationalexperiences, including no education ever. Positive views of the generalavailability and quality of education were based on comparisons with the pastperiod of civil war and state collapse. Nearly all participants agreed thateducation had been harmed severely by COVID-19 control measures. They alsotended to agree the educational inequalities that disadvantaged girls, the poorand rural populations had been exacerbated by COVID-19 control measures and byeducation provision to compensate for educational institution closures.Building back better in education as a response to COVID-19 is not happeningwhen looked at overall, as even the positive efforts, while laudable inthemselves, are exacerbating inequalities. The findings were similar for bothlocations. The research highlights the need and potential support for a moreinclusive approach to responding to COVID-19 in the education sector.

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