II. Background Information
The Migration for Development in Africa (MIDA) Somalia programme supports the mobilization of resources and expertise of the Somali diaspora to contribute to the stabilization and development of Somalia, while ensuring that skills and knowledge are transferred to the host institutions and retained by local staff once the diaspora experts complete their assignments.
MIDA FINNSOM Phase II – Health and Education Project is funded by the Government of Finland and the project aims to facilitate the transfer of skills, competencies and knowledge of qualified Somali expatriates to public institutions in Somalia, with a focus on two sectors, namely health and education.
Puntland was established in 1998 as an autonomous state in Somalia that autonomously manages its education sector. The education sector in Puntland is currently undergoing a comprehensive structural and operational review. Through the Ministry of Education and Higher Education (MOEHE) aspires to deliver quality education for all that has six subsectors and two crosscutting areas. The four education sector priorities as identified in the Education Sector Strategic Plan of 2017 – 2021 are as follows; (1) increase access and equity to education opportunities (2) Improve the quality of education and learning outcomes (3) enhance efficiency of the education system; and (4) strengthen systems and administration. To ensure the implementation of an education system that has this much complexity in terms of subsectors and issues, it is essential to have the manpower in terms of permanent staff and advisors that have the necessary expertise and experience. The MoEHE collaborates with a range of stakeholders (International donors, UN Agencies, INGOs involved in planning/implementation of Education development. The MOEHE through the support of IOM/MIDA has recruited a Diaspora Technical Advisor attached to the Formal Education Department of the ministry. The TA has already taken his position and now providing his services to the Ministry.
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