In an effort to promote peace in Somalia through education, the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) recently provided learning materials to local government administrators and management of Gherille Primary School in the Gedo region of Jubaland State, Somalia. The donated items include desks, chairs, desks, classroom boards, filing cabinets, and stationeries. These items were made available under AMISOM’s Quick Impacts Projects (QUIPs), which is supported by the Italian government.
AMISOM used the donation event to underscore the importance of education towards achieving peace and stability in any part of the world. Indeed, well-equipped educational facilities are key to the provision of educational access and learning opportunities. Such access and opportunities will keep the children busy and occupied so that they may avoid drug abuse, early pregnancies, and terrorist activities.
Those present at the event included the AMISOM Sector II Deputy Commander, Col. Pascal Kitiro, AMISOM’s Chief of Civil Affairs Dr. Opiyo Ododa, AMISOM’s Chief CIMIC Officer Col. Herman Kabwita, and AMISOM Sector II CIMIC Officer, Capt. Kenneth Lotuai. Other attendees are the school leadership, parents and local leaders as well as senior AMISOM military officers.
The donated items were handed over by the Deputy Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission for Somalia (DSRCC), Simon Mulongo, who explained that AMISOM was making the donation in order to boost the educational sector, which is critical for the development and stability of Somalia. The AMISOM’s Deputy Force Commander in charge of Operations and Plans, Maj. Gen. William Kitsao Shume, also reiterated AMISOM’s commitment to supporting the education system in Somalia in order to improve access to education.
In his comments, the Gherille District Commissioner (DC), Mohammed Warsame, thanked AMISOM and its partners for their support. He added that the district will continue to collaborate with AMISON and other organizations in order to improve other sectors in the country. Ali Mohamed Noor, the Headteacher of Gherille Primary School, also thanked AMISOM for its support, and stated that improvements in learning institutions are critical to enabling Somalian children to live a promising life.
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