Changing children’s stories in Somalia
Meet Amran, she has lived her whole life in Beletweyne where Save the Children Somalia has been piloting Early Childhood Education programs.
“My name is Amran, I’m 25-years-old, and I’m an Early Childhood Education (ECE) Project Assistant. I am a mother of two children, two boys, who are three-years-old and two-years-old.
“My job is mainly to assist teachers and children in ECEs in Beletweyne.
I enjoy working, interacting, and moulding children’s future through an entertaining learning environment.”
She is passionate about supporting children to a brighter future through education, but many families in the area are struggling to send their children to school due to the changing climate.
“Beletweyne is suffering from the impact of climate change,” says Amran, “there are spells of prolonged dry seasons where pastoralists lose their livelihoods because they cannot feed their livestock and wells dry up - hence millions of people face the risk of starvation. During the rainy seasons, Beletweyne also faces flooding from the river, thus farmers lose their crop and many families are displaced from the town.
“So children in these centres face this kind of experience. Their families have, one way [or] another, been impacted by the droughts and floods.”
Follow Amran through a day in her life to learn about these challenges facing children in Somalia and how her work and Save the Children’s ECE centres are helping.
A typical day for Amran
4:30am: “I take shower and pray morning prayer (Fajr). After that, I have my breakfast - usually I eat breakfast with my children, then prepare myself and dress for work.”
7:20am: “I go to the office which is three kilometres away from my house. I usually walk.”
Amran, an Early Childhood Education Project Assistant at the Save the Children offices in Somalia.
Photo: Said Isse/Save the Children
8:30: “I leave the office and head to the ECE centres [where] I interact with children inside and outside the class.