SAFE has trained secondary students committees with conflict resolution for them to be able to mitigate or at least help soothe the potential conflicts in their residential areas or in their schools. Because of the security vacuum prevailing in Somalia, conflicts can break out any moment and that makes conflict resolution experience is very essential. SAFE in partnership with Somali Peace Line organized conflict resolution workshops for the secondary students committees.
SAFE schools have granted free education to more than 2,700 students, most of whom are orphans or from very poor households and displaced people who could hardly pay school fees. This is one of our strategies in response to the decision made by the Board of Directors that every school must ensure to provide free education for at least 10 new students each new academic year.
In partnership with UNICEF, EDC and NRC, SAFE established 113 Education in Emergency schools and learning centers for the internally displaced communities. The extended conflict in South-Central Somalia has dislodged thousands of families from their residential places forcing them to settle in IDP camps without the essential amenities of life including education facilities for their children. Working in conjunction with the above-mentioned international organizations, SAFE has decided to educate the children of IDP families
SAFE has trained some secondary teachers in HIV/AIDS to raise awareness through learning process to prevent the expansion of the deadly virus. Since teenaged secondary students include the most vulnerable groups for the HIV/AIDS during the adolescence period, and within this period are prone to many mistakes, SAFE engaged the secondary teachers who are very close to the students to raise their awareness against this disease. Because of their close involvement in the student in-school activities, the teachers can simply and without stigma convince the students the grave consequences of this mortal virus.
SAFE gave in-service training to 660 teachers with help of UNICEF. At the end of every academic year and during school holidays, SAFE organizes teacher training workshops for some teachers to patch up capacity gaps as identified by the supervisors who constantly visit schools and observe very closely teachers’ performance in the classrooms. As the matter of fact, there are always weaknesses in teaching throughout Somalia’s formal education system in terms of the teachers’ capacity because from the collapse of Somalia’s central government teacher training institutions have been idle. As capacity permits, SAFE enhances teaching force performance.
SAFE certifies both primary and secondary leavers from the Association schools. Schools Association for Formal Education provides Primary and secondary Certificates with students who have successfully completed their primary and secondary studies and attended the centralized primary and secondary leaving certificate examinations conducted once a year by SAFE Examination Board. These certificates are awarded only to the students who have passed with minimum marks of 50% of total subjects.