In the war-torn nation of Somalia, which has recently suffered a major drought, children have missed on their early education at all levels. Muslim Aid's education programme for the societies affected by wars and drought in southern Somalia has succeeded to enrol 8,596 students in 36 primary schools and 24 child friendly centres for the 2011-2012 academic year. Almost 50% of the students are girls.
To ensure that families are not hindered in sending their children to school due to financial difficulties, Muslim Aid’s Equal Access to Education project is providing education to children for free. In an aim to empower the community and create a stable and bright future, Muslim Aid is continuously persuading parents to send their children, both girls and boys, to schools.