Somalia. February 2016.
The project aimed at increasing access to post primary education and vocational training to empower adolescents and youth with necessary knowledge and skills that would enable them to become useful citizens, improve on their livelihoods, build their resilience, and contribute to Peace, stability, and long-term development.
The purpose of the evaluation was to; assess the relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, impact and sustainability of the programme, the degree to which the objectives were met, document achievements and lessons learnt and provide recommendations for programme development and improvement.
Key findings and recommendations
The project has made significant gains in key components of the three outcome areas but faced limitations in others. The first outcome in access to education has been significantly achieved in the vocational center where the enrolments have increased exponentially. The second outcome on mobilization of communities for equitable access to education was equally achieved in vocational centers and not secondary schools; retention of girls remains a problem. The third outcome on CEC, teacher and other stakeholder capacity building was undertaken with reasonable success. However, the engagement of local authorities and regional ministry of education was limited due to lack of ministry staff in the project areas, their lack of interest and high rates of turnover.
Based on the results, various recommendations have been suggested for programme improvement. These include community mobilization for improved enrolment in secondary schools, review of teacher incentives for vocational centers and secondary schools to increase teacher retention, regularity in learning supplies and strengthened training for CECs. More attention to quality and equitability of the tools during the training and post–graduation is recommended.