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Since the collapse of Siad Barre’s regime in 1991, the education sector in Somalia has suffered from more than two decades of civil war and conflict. Following the establishment of the Federal Government of Somalia (FGS) on September 10, 2012, leaders have strived to regain stability - but access and effective delivery of key public services, including education, is still inadequate. Now, more than two generations have reached adulthood without consistent or reliable access to educational services.

Somalia Education Baseline Survey

The United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund

August 2015 - September 2016

What Forcier Did:

Forcier was contracted by our partners at UNICEF, in Somalia, to conduct a rapid education baseline assessment. This baseline data was used to identify and map undocumented schools in South Central Somalia, determine student enrollment figures, and learn about the types of learning facilities, school infrastructure, funding sources and curriculum of schools in South Central Somalia. Because of sheer scale, as well as accessibility, Forcier proposed and designed a social network approach as an experimental model for mapping South Central Somalia. Over a four-month implementation period, Forcier employed a 32 person call center in Hargeisa to call-in and network across the entirety of South Central Somalia - which included more than 8,000 villages. This was done in order to identify schools, acquire phone numbers of school principals and subsequently conduct surveys on student enrollment, teacher numbers, funding sources and school curriculum.

Population Interviewed:

In total, the education baseline study identified 2,280 schools and 2,987 Quranic centres across ten regions in Central South Somalia to collect top-line data. Data collected included the number of learners and teachers, management and funding of the school, quality of infrastructure and WASH facilities, teaching and teacher incentives, and protection issues that the school faced.

Methodological Summary


Villages covered in South Central Somalia


Schools contacted in South Central Somalia


Quaranic Centers contacted in South Central Somalia


Forcier CATI Operators trained to collect data

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