Nimco Abdi Mohamed, Baliad Primary School Director in Warder Woreda. Baliad Primary school has 400 children in which 50% of them come from IDP camps. This is primary school from grade 1-8 that have only three classrooms. The school is using private rooms which are located to next to the school. While one class take under tree inside the school compound. Nimo said” we had face very critical problem we had a lot of children and have no enough classrooms to accommodate them all”. The school is not only struggling with the shortage of classrooms but also other challenges. School doesn’t have enough teachers that can teach these children. Nimo said” the teacher shortage was also one of the biggest challenges we had to get trained teachers that can support the extra children we are receiving from IDPs”. In the drought affected IDP we know that families lost everything including their livestock so that they can’t even afford to buy learning materials to their children.
As to respond this OWDA with NRC have started Education in Emergency Project to support the communities they have been struggling to get access of education in Doollo zone in two woredas. Nimo have expressed how this project that will support to add additional semi-permanent classroom, supplying learning materials and recruiting and training additional teachers, she said” We very happy to see to get support in an areas like classrooms, teachers and learning supplies to our school”.
These communities had already been locally integrated with community they were hosted them, so project will be improving the quality of the learning environment and pressure that IDP children have put on the existing schools like Warder Woreda.