Education for Nomads

To be without knowledge is to be without light.

Somali Proverb


Somalia has a strong tradition of people living as nomads, with 26 percent of the population living in nomadic areas. They are the hardest to reach and most underserved communities when it comes to education, health and nutrition.  According to the SHDS, 84 percent of nomadic women have had no education.

Our nomadic communities are full of wisdom and famed for their knowledge of proverbs. The challenge is making the change from oral to written.

Fatima Ali - Teacher

On the other hand, children in nomadic communities miss out on education as they are left to heard livestock which is often the only means of income for these families.


At IFED we have mobilised our teams to carry out literacy campaigns that target nomadic communities. We send our mobile teachers to remote locations and provide free literacy and numeracy classes to adults and children. We strongly believe that no one should be denied access to education, as an educated person will be better equipped to make better decisions to lift themselves out of poverty.

As a result, the number of enrolled children in schools established by IFED has been rapidly increasing year after year. The increasing numbers of students enrolled can be attributed to the continued community mobilisation created by IFED toward the importance of educating their children.