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ERIC Number: EJ825866
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 19
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 28
ISSN: ISSN-0160-5429
Community Assumes the Role of State in Education in Stateless Somalia
Abdinoor, Abdullahi
International Education, v37 n2 p43-61 Spr 2008
Education contributes, in peace time and war time, to the cultivation of human capital as well as social capital of the society. It is in this light that this article seeks to explore the close interplay between education and the community in the present-day stateless Somalia. In order to explore how the Somali community has coped or is coping with the unusually difficult situation of statelessness and civil war, a descriptive case study of the educational institutions was carried out. A combination of in-depth interviews, participant observation, and focus group discussions was utilized for this purpose. It is clear that, despite the persistent security problem, the community has shown remarkable resilience and the educational institutions that they put together are functioning, albeit minimally, and this trend is set to continue even if the current stateless situation continues for the next few years. Moreover, many people in many regions and in the countryside cannot afford to pay for the cost of schools due to economic hardships. (Contains 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Somalia